ShortMail Forces You To Write Shorter, Simpler Emails

ShortMail Forces You To Write Shorter, Simpler Emails
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If you’re struggling to keep emails brief so you can spend more time working and less time writing messages, you might want to check out ShortMail. It’s designed to strip down email to its core: simple communication.

You’re not allowed to write more than 500 characters, you can’t include attachments, and there are no folders. It does almost nothing but aim to keep you answering emails quickly with as few words as possible.

Not coincidentally, you sign up for ShortMail by logging in with your Twitter account. Doing so claims your ShortMail address that you can start using right away. Once you’re in, you just write email like you normally would — but with the restrictions previously mentioned. Additionally, you can write email privately or show those messages publicly on your ShortMail page. Aside from search (which lets you search by voice if you want), that’s pretty much all there is to it. If you’re drowning in email and want to try and simplify, this is a pretty good way to force yourself to do it.

ShortMail [via Swissmiss]


  • I can’t really see this been helpful. The great thing about email is that you don’t have any limits. If you want to send a short one, you can, and if you want to send a long email, you can. It seems like a lot of bother to set up when a bit of self control will do, and self control won’t stop you using more than 500 characters when you actually need to send a long email.

  • That writing short and concise emails is more difficult and (for most people) more time-consuming that longer ones seems to have been missed here. A solution looking for a problem.

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