Facebook: “New Notification!”
Me: “Not now.”
Twitter: “New Direct Message!”
Me: “I’ll get to you later.”
LinkedIn “New Recommendation!”
Me: “I can’t network right now, I’m working!”
Not to sound cliche, but has this ever happened to you? Between your different social networks, your friends, your colleagues, and that hottie barista at the Starbucks across the street, you can get overwhelmed with all these events. This is “social overload,” a close cousin to the plague known as “information overload”, during which you have no time for socializing, because you’re socializing.
Enter: NutshellMail, a service which currently consolidates messages from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as a huge number of email accounts, packs them up all nice and neat, and sends it all to your primary email, either on demand or on your desired schedule.
Once you’ve opened your account, you’ll have the chance to provide the names and passwords for your various accounts. Go ahead and add as many services as you want, even multiple accounts for a single service. Nutshell will manage them all.
Next, you’ll select the days and times on which to receive an update from Nutshell.
Your updates from NutshellMail will appear much like the above, based on the order you choose. Right now, your Twitter update is limited to the latest 20 updates, which may be sufficient, depending on the size of your follow-list.
You may also update your status or click a small button to “boomerang” specific email messages to your primary email. This makes for a great way to keep up with a personal account from work, a work account from your personal email, a side account for a spam-trap, or even your child’s email and MySpace accounts (something we’ve had to consider just recently in my home).
At the top of the update message are quick links to request an “Update Now” message, which will send you your most-recent updates, up to the minute.
You may also elect not to receive updates at all, but instead to view all your messages in Nutshell’s inbox, which reminds me of the Outlook Web client.
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. I really must get back to networking.