Keeping track of your most important email messages is a tough job at the best of times, even with the aid of tools like Gmail’s priority inbox and various anti-spam filters. If you’re one of those people who receives massive volumes of email every day, you’ll appreciate how just a single day’s worth of messages can quickly bury something vital that requires your attention.
If that’s the case, you might also appreciate a new tool called InboxVudu that’s designed to solve the problem of emails getting buried.
InboxVudu links to your Gmail or Google Apps account and then analyzes your incoming messages each day, looking out for anything it thinks you’ll need to reply to. At the end of each day, it emails you a summary of those important messages. And it’s not just a straightforward copy/paste effort either – instead, the app draws on artificial intelligence and a natural language processing engine to highlight the most relevant sentences in those emails, so it’s easy for you to scan through and respond.
As well as offering options to type a quick reply or mark messages as “resolved”, InboxVudu gives users a chance to mute any sender they don’t like, in which case they won’t be receiving any more highlighted messages from that particular contact ever again. In addition, there’s also a “false positive” button, which can be clicked to let the app know that it made a mistake in flagging a particular email. In this way, the app gets smarter over time as it learns what kinds of messages are most relevant to the user.
InboxVudu is designed by Parakweet, the company behind a service called BookVibe that reads people’s Twitter feeds to offer up personalized book recommendations. For now, the app is limited to Gmail and Google apps, but Parakweet’s co-founder Ramesh Haridas told GeekWire the service would soon be compatible with Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail as well.
Best of all, InboxVudu is totally free to download and use, and Haridas insisted it won’t be selling any of your private data to monetize itself. Instead, the company is planning to offer a premium version of the app at a later date with more advanced features.