When Google recently rolled out new updates for Gmail, users were very vocal.
Of course, there was a time when email wasn’t so controversial. When it was introduced, email revolutionized how we interact. Now it doesn’t impress us with the speed of communication. Now it’s a source of stress.
The Berlin-based developer AppGestalt is hoping to make email social (again) with its smail.fm project. AppGestalt describes smail.fm as “a fun and easy way to talk to your friends with all the advantages of email like forwarding and threading.” While the project is still in pre-beta, the smail.fm homepage prominently features a screenshot of what future users might expect.
With the smail.fm client, you can compose a message, search your archives, and read messages that are organized by contact and aggregated in a clean, IM-like form. Correspondence with a certain individual is presented in a thread that displays all the messages you’ve received and sent, with the most recent messages appearing above the fold. The thread also identifies who said what and when the message was sent.
The beauty of this is that emails from an individual you care about no longer get lost in the mess that is your inbox, because you can say goodbye to easily misplaced single messages. Every message your best friend Jacob ever sent you, and every reply you sent, will be right there when you open up your correspondence with him.
smail.fm’s email threads will be particularly useful to busy professionals who won’t have to cross their fingers hoping their current email solution’s search function will, without fail, pull up the emails they are desperately looking for.
Email users should be excited for projects like smail.fm that propose a new method of communication that organizes messages around the people in your network.
Sign up for early beta access with smail.fm at its website.