February 1, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’m an email addict. Tim Ferriss would most definitely not approve of my email-checking habits. I’m one of those people who hates when I don’t get a reply in a timely manner…I get flustered and see no excuse for delay when communication can be virtually instantaneous. Then again, that actually might be part of the problem, might it not? With as many messages as we get, so many of which alter our schedules and demand our time, it’s easy to let one fall through the cracks unintentionally. It’s frustrating, but I guess it’s forgivable. I’ll try not to hold it against you…
Unless of course there were a better way! Email has been functioning as a digital echo of snail-mail since its inception – messages get sent to a mailbox, and (even with sophisticated filters), get sorted and viewed based on how important we think they are. My inbox is programmed with more filters than a waste-water treatment plant and I still fear for messages that get lost in the fray. Today’s project is looking to change the way we use email by looking at how we interact with our inboxes from the ground up.
Mail Pilot will be an integrated inbox that allows you to mark and sort messages based on their level of “completion.” No more “Marking as Unread” to trick yourself into not forgetting about something important – simply mark it as incomplete and move on to the next message without worrying whether you’ll remember to mark, flag, tag or star something extra-extra important.
Better yet, Mail Pilot will integrate multiple mail accounts, automatically syncing your messages and creating a comprehensive To-Do List that sounds so much easier than flipping through accounts. Also, the mobile app in development will allow one to stay connected, no matter what your excuse might be (I check my email in class and so should you!)
Mail Pilot’s doing a bold thing by rethinking the inbox. That daunting task has been tried before by others, but I’m intrigued by the innovations that they’ve come up with to adapt to the way we really use email. Get yourself in on the beta version by backing Mail Pilot before February 27.