Xoopit Turns Inbox Into a Social Network

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  1. Om-

    Couldn’t agree with you more on the inbox being the center of the social network. Despite all the folks using Facebook and other social networking sites, the largest, open social network exists in email. The trouble with all that openness, of course, is spam.

    Since we spoke (http://gigaom.com/2007/11/28/outlook-add-ons/), Boxbe is giving regular email users the same privileges that a Faceboook user enjoys. We’ve added additional social features to extend someone’s email guest list to include friends of their friends.

    What this does is make it easier for email from real people to get through unhindered while leaving spam dead in the water.

    As for Xoopit, I’m a photographer myself, so it looks like something I’d love to use. I’ll be clicking through post haste.

    Glad to see you are feeling better, Om.

    Cheers,
    Randy Stewart
    randy@boxbe.com

  2. Ah Om, you forgot to mention the first to market “X” company with a eerily similar blue and green logo http://www.xobni.com How crazy is that?

    The Xoopit guys are great and we are happy to have some other innovators playing in the space. The problem of information overload and organization within email is a huge pain point for millions of people. For all of your readers that spend hours/day frustrated in Outlook, they can sign up for the Xobni beta at http://www.xobni.com.

    Cheers,
    Matt Brezina
    Co-founder, Xobni

  3. You say that the big players aren’t doing anything like this, but didn’t Yahoo make an announcement about a more social inbox at CES? I thought I remembered reading about that on Techcrunch or somewhere.

  4. Aaarrgrggh! First step, give XoopIt your gmail address AND password. No way!

    I really can’t recommend anyone giving the keys to their account away — this is exactly what new methods of authentication are trying to avoid.

  5. I am having a very hard time turning over my login information to my Gmail account to some random web company. This sounds very cool, but I don’t think I can trust a random company. WAY too many important emails in my account.

  6. I really like the product. The biggest failing of lots of these “reinvent communications” experience is the assumption I hate my current email experience and want to abandon it. Nothing could be further from the truth – I just want to improve it. Both Xoopit and Xobni got one thing right: they managed to find a way to deliver important functionality within the email experiences I use (Gmail and Outlook).

  7. Hi, this is JK, one of Xoopit’s founders. We’ve seen the comments regarding email passwords and privacy issues here and elsewhere. You can think of Xoopit as a mail client, which makes it possible for you to access your mail data. We use industry best practices to secure our service and encrypt your password and have rigorous internal policies on the same.

    We just put up a very frank post on our blog on how we manage your data.

    http://blog.xoopit.com/2008/03/how-xoopit-mana.html

    Please comment or email me if you would like to have a further conversation on this.

  8. Xoopit Will Turn Your Inbox Into a Social Network :

    This sounds very good.But the main thing is regarding security i.e privacy.
    JK said,v can think of Xoopit as a mail client, which makes it possible for us to access our mail data.I hope all this would succeed before Yahoo launches a more social inbox at CES in competition to Xoopit.

  9. sounds too complicated to move me, even though it’s probably a good idea. I’d have to wait until 5 of my friends were using it before I’d consider it

  10. It seemed like a good idea, so I tried it.
    It doesn’t work as I expect… it shows only old pictures from Flickr.
    Even when I log out of it, it stays as a bothering yellow bar on top of my Inbox. And it conflicts (screen-wise) with RememberTheMilk (which I like).
    I’ll uninstall and wait for a more mature version.

  11. I really like it. It has a shot at making my Gmail experience a bit more fun. My view is simple: 90 percent my text emails boring work stuff, and the standard Gmail experience is a decent solve there. 99 percent of my pictures and videos in my email are from friends, and are what I look at for entertainment. Xoopit takes the fun stuff and makes is easy to navigate, respond to, and pass on (kind of paraphrasing what they highlighted as their focus, which is OK, sinmce it did capture what I felt). I like the focus on not trying to be all things to all people at launch (the death of a startup) – fixing email is a multi-year journey, and these guys, Xobni, and others are leading us to a (hopefully) better place.

  12. @Boris Mann:

    Right there with you. Something scares me about this. At least with Social Networking sites, I don’t have to give somebody an in-route to my personal email.

    I’d definitely set up a separate address if I ever did this.

  13. With time spent in one’s email increasing day by day, it does make sense and in a way is ineveitable that social interaction will be driven from the inbox beyond just sending out emails.

    Your inbox will soon be your one stop window to everything you do especially with the way Open ID and the like is being implemented.

  14. I agree with this coment if This sounds very good.But the main thing is regarding security i.e privacy.
    JK said,v can think of Xoopit as a mail client, which makes it possible for us to access our mail data.I hope all this would succeed before Yahoo launches a more social inbox at CES in competition to Xoopit. Thanks for sharing…

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