Today, Mozilla announced a new open source project called Raindrop, a service that pulls your social content from multiple sources and organises it in one place to create a centralised messaging experience that matters to you.
The goal of Raindrop is to make email and messaging personal again, and allow complete customisability in how you manage that information. It brings in content from multiple, sources such as Twitter, RSS feeds and email, and presents it in one central, web-based front end. Thus, instead of having to watch multiple sources just to keep up on your personal conversations, you can focus on one single bucket.
Raindrop can also decide which conversations are important to you and your life, and “bubble up” that information to the top — while keeping the less important messages out of the way. In addition, like all Mozilla projects, Raindrop will be extensible—whether through HTML, Java, CSS or APIs—in order for you to further personalise your experience.
Mozilla says that the goal is not to invent a new protocol or system, but better handle ones that already exist. The video demo (above) explains some of the basic principles behind Raindrop.
Raindrop is still in very early stages, and isn’t something the basic user can try out just yet, but it’s certainly something we’ll be keeping an eye on.
Raindrop [Mozilla Labs]