Email has been getting a bad rap lately. Yes, it’s a time suck. Yes, email is inefficient and unorganized. But it’s not likely to disappear anytime soon. However, there are ways you can control the madness. Recently, 410 Labs released a Shortmail email service from private beta, making the service available to the public. Designed as an email service with a streamlined set of features, Shortmail can reduce the clutter and inefficiencies in your inbox.
Twitter users can sign up and receive a Shortmail address that they can use to send short email messages with a 500-character limit. Shortmail can be used via its web interface, or via email clients such as Outlook, Gmail, iPhone mail and Android mail.
Shiny, Happy Email
410 Labs aspires to make inboxes happy places, or at least make email useful again. No small task, indeed. With a 500-character limit, Shortmail users can write more than a Tweet, less than a novel, which is what many email messages have turned into. If you can’t say it in 500 characters, maybe you shouldn’t say it in email (or at all).
Furthermore, Shortmail is organized around people, not messages. By being able to focus on the people to whom you might want to respond, rather than managing messages, collaboration and knowledge sharing can improve.
With Shortmail, all messages are limited to 500 characters.
When you compose a Shortmail, you can choose to send it privately, or make it a public message, available on the web via a public, shareable URL. As well, there are no attachments, no junk mail, no folder management -- only efficient communication.
Email limits how people interact. No one likes read receipts, but without them, it can be hard to know who read your email and who ignored it. With Shortmail, you can start a conversation, serve customer needs or connect with others via social networks
Fewer, Shorter, Better
If you’re not yet ready to ditch email entirely, Shortmail may be a nice alternative. It helps companies think differently about how they communicate, while incorporating social functionality. As a result, fewer, shorter emails may make for bigger, better communication.