Constantly looking for new ways to organize your inbox to stay on top of emails and contacts in a more efficient manner? Yeah, me too. When I was at a recent industry event in Vegas, I heard about this little tool called Xobni. An add-on for Outlook based email servers, Xobni (inbox spelled backwards) creates profiles for each person that emails you. These profiles contain relationship statistics, contact information, social connections, threaded conversations, and shared attachments. The idea is to make you inbox work the way your mind does.
I finally took the time to download the application yesterday and while it did take a long time time index all of my emails, it was probably more due to the size of my inbox and less to do with the app itself. Once downloaded, the tool will appear as a sidebar in your Outlook screen and continue to index and search all of the content available. Upon completion, you can now click on any email and get a profile of the sender – including a picture, phone number, past emails, attachements they may have sent you (or you may have sent them) and people in their network.
How does it do this? Well, using an aggregation of social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, Xobni takes the email address, finds the corresponding online profiles and sends you the info in a split second to your screen. Yesterday, while fielding RSVPs for a press event at CES, I was able to see the pictures and phone numbers of dozens of press people that I had never met.
Xobni is only in beta form but I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s one of the coolest platforms I’ve used in social networking. Another great feature? It ranks your senders and tells you who you email most frequently – who is my #1, you ask? My boss, of course. The next time she complains about her clogged inbox, she can blame me.
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