Long, rambling emails certainly have their place among friends, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of SMS- or Twitter-like limit to the amount of text someone could fit into an email? That’s what web site Sentenc.es is all about. It provides the following manifesto:
E-mail takes too long to respond to, resulting in continuous inbox overflow for those who receive a lot of it.
Treat all email responses like SMS text messages, using a set number of letters per response. Since it’s too hard to count letters, we count sentences instead.
sentenc.es is a personal policy that all email responses regardless of recipient or subject will be a pre-determined number sentences or less. It’s that simple.
We can guarantee that it won’t be, and to be honest, it probably shouldn’t be respected in all cases, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to offer it up as a suggestion.