I wake up, get ready for the day, and head off to work. Once at my desk, I check my Gmail account. Then, I head over to Facebook to check my messages, see whose birthday it is, etc. After that, I open up my Twitter account and respond to any messages I’ve received there. Finally, I sit back and read through my Google Reader feeds to catch up on the morning’s news.
Sound familiar? Sometimes I wish I could scale all of that back a little. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to check all of your messages in one place? Well, I think I’ve finally found an application that’s capable of this.
In this article, I will be detailing Inbox2 for you. I’ll show you what it can do and illustrate how it can be useful for you during your daily routine.
What Is Inbox2?
Inbox2 is a premium connected lifestyle application that brings communication – and the people you communicate with – into a single, synchronized application that is accessible everywhere.
A “lifestyle” application? To put it simply, Inbox2 helps keep you connected with the people you communicate with. Here’s a video to help visually show you what we’re talking about here:
With support for all of your email accounts and your most important social profiles, Inbox2 collects all your messages, documents, links and contacts from these accounts in one convenient place. You can read, reply and search through all of your content without having to log into multiple accounts.
The platform is designed to
reduce the complexity around the current email programs and add-ons needed to fulfill the demands of today’s savvy Web 2.0 ‘prosumers’ (professional consumers).
Allow me to show you what they mean:
Inbox2′s innovative email platform allows you to plug in your existing email accounts or any custom IMAP or POP3 accounts you have. Supported accounts include Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and Exchange.
The content of your Inbox flows in a stream, allowing you to easily customize it to see what matters most. Messages in the stream are shown in conversation form, which is an attempt to make it easier to follow for you. You can engage directly into taking necessary action with your emails or organize any of the content in the stream.
Your Social Networks
There is also support for your social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Hyves, Yammer and Twitter.
Updates are pulled into your stream alongside your other messages and can be sorted by platform. Status updates are also displayed on the side of the screen and you can message anyone on your contact list.
[Note]: For me, Twitter didn’t play well with Inbox2. It gave me a server error, which could be on Twitter’s end. I’m hoping this issue will be resolved shortly.
With all of your content in one place, Inbox2 allows the use of smart labels and stars for messages and attachments. You can also import your existing labels from other services such as Gmail. Inbox2 lets you use labels for all of your accounts.
Searching allows you to find a message regardless of what platform it was posted on, and you can use it to help you organize each inbox you have separately.
After using Inbox2, I have noticed that there is a lot of initial work to be done in the way of customizing it to fit your needs. Once you get everything how you like it, however, it can be quite useful. It was a little buggy in some aspects for me, but this is to be expected with a fairly new application. Overall, I was very satisfied with the interface and I think this has the potential to turn into a really handy application.
Will you be giving Inbox2 a try? What applications are you using to manage all of your messages? Leave your thoughts, ideas and comments below!
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