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Threadsy weaves all your conversation threads into a consolidated user interface that is simple and easy to use. You can use your email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instant Messaging all from within this free web app, without installing a client like Digsby or Trilllian. Since the service has recently launched in Beta, you need invites to use it, but we have got MakeUseOf readers covered – read on!

The Unique People Focus

While handling all your email and social networking communication from one place is a no-brainer, there is a tremendous benefit of using Threadsy that is not readily apparent before you use it. Imagine you’re responding to a friend or colleague’s email discussing a specific topic. With your regular webmail, you will simply respond to the topic being discussed in the email, right?

Now, in Threadsy, while you are replying to her via email, you see her Facebook status or recent tweet – “Just got tickets for the U2 concert!” – and you just might add something to your email. Threadsy makes this possible via the automatic Profile View, which you shall see below. In this way, Threadsy lets you focus on people, not the medium of communication you or they might prefer. You don’t miss a person’s recent status updates just because you don’t use Facebook or Twitter often enough.

The Integrated View

Threadsy keeps it simple by showing all your email and social networking communication in two columns or streams. The Inbound column has messages specifically addressed to you. This includes Email, Twitter @replies and Direct Messages, and your Facebook Inbox. The Unbound column shows feeds that you follow, such as your Twitter stream and Facebook friends’ status updates. You can adjust the width of the Unbound column using the arrow sliders in between the two panes.

Threadsy Full Screen

Note that Threadsy is not a Personal Information Manager. If you want calendar, notes, RSS feeds, etc. all in one place, check out Threadsy focuses on communication and excels by keeping it simple. At present, you need to add a webmail account to use Threadsy, so for example, you can’t use it with just your Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Adding Accounts

Adding your email and social networking accounts is as easy as pie, but you do need to provide your login credentials to Threadsy. Twitter OAuth is coming soon and you can use Facebook connect after you have logged in. For webmail accounts, Threadsy supports AOL, Gmail (and Google Apps), Hotmail and Yahoo! US.

Inbound: What’s Sent To You

The Inbound column shows all your messages in a chronological sequence, whether they are email, Twitter replies, or Facebook messages. Icons at the right of each message help you quickly identify the type of message. You can quickly filter messages by type using the tabs at the top for your webmail, Facebook, and Twitter.


Simply hovering your mouse over a message without actually opening it gives you options to quickly reply, retweet, delete, favorite or archive it. Click an email or Facebook message to open and read it.

Unbound: What You’re Following

The Unbound column displays your Twitter and Facebook feeds also in chronological sequence. You can filter the stream using the Facebook or Twitter tabs at the top. You can post your own Facebook status updates or Twitter tweets from within the box at the top.

Wide Unbound

The Chat tab in the Unbound column allows you to use Instant Messaging with your IM contacts.

Twitter Stream

The Twitter stream in the Unbound column shows pictures and videos inline. This allows you to play videos without leaving Threadsy.

Inline Video in Tweet

Hovering your mouse over a tweet brings up quick Reply, ReTweet, and Favorite buttons.

Facebook Feed

Like many desktop clients, Threadsy has inbuilt support for interacting with your Facebook stream – without installing anything. You can like items, view comments and enter your own comments.

Facebook Comments

View Profiles Automatically

Whenever you click on a tweet or view an email message, Threadsy shows you a profile snapshot of the person in the right Unbound column. I found it a quick and easy way to connect with people on other networks. For example, here is a profile view of Kristen, one of our new writers at MakeUseOf:

Profile View

Threadsy collects information from dozens of sites; and shows you a bio, recent photos, and recent status updates on Facebook and Twitter. This is incredibly useful as it provides the context for you to respond appropriately to the person. You can directly jump to the person’s profile on any of the listed networks to connect.

Want to start using Threadsy right away? Click this link to get an instant invite, exclusively for MakeUseOf readers. Don’t forget to give us your feedback in the comments!

  1. Piero
    October 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I like much!!!

  2. Scott
    October 7, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Yes, still accepting requests but going to send them out in batches FIFO from the main queue instead of expedited invites for

  3. scott
    October 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks everyone for your interest in threadsy. We just sent out ~400 invites to people that requested them via this article. Please let us know what you think in our feedback forum.

    If you didn't receive an invite yet, please hold tight. We plan to send them out in batches every day.


    • chenyze
      October 7, 2009 at 12:05 am

      hey scott, been waiting for about 2 days here! are you still accepting invite requests or was I too late?


      PS.I did a general search for threadsy in my gmail first, just in case it was in spam

  4. ArpitNext
    October 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I could not find any reason to use it. Gmail/GApps users already have option to use twitter (using a twitter gadget for gmail) & other email accounts right from the Gmail tab in real-time.

    Though, it is a nice idea - but will you share your email account password? Certainly, NNOOTT!


  5. Moreen
    October 5, 2009 at 2:40 am

    This is great. This is somewhat a combination of a Social Site and an E-Mail. It provides more information and I can easily communicate with someone. I'm excited to use this.

  6. Patrick
    October 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I'd like an invitation if any are available. Very excited about this service!

  7. Mahendra Palsule
    October 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm


    Thanks for the overwhelming response (250+ people signed up already).

    I have confirmed with Threadsy that the invites will be sent out on Monday. The invite process is not automated, so their developers will send them to MakeUseOf readers and you should get them within a day.

  8. ArsalanE
    October 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I want an invitation :)

  9. Kurt
    October 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Oh yeah, if this proves to be stable and all it is advertised to be, I may be saying bye to Digsby.

  10. Kurt
    October 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Excited to be able to check out the service. This to me holds more promise than Google Wave. Yeah, I know they are doing two different things, but it looks to me like the are coming at the same problem from two different angles. The problem being, how to bring email into the 21st century. Seems to me that Wave is a niche product while Threadsy has more broad appeal, providing you with more information so you may communicate with greater intelligence.

  11. Scotty
    October 4, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Same here, enter email but no invite...

  12. Vegon
    October 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I think that the link to get a "instant invite" doesn't work.

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