Has email taken over your life? Do you have so many email accounts, and receive so many messages that it seems you spend all day on email? Do you wish that it would all stop?
The average person receives over 100 emails a day, and many people in large organizations receive many more than that.
As the author of an IT column–and this blog–I read lots of tech publications and blogs. This takes me in interesting directions. A couple of days ago I read about SaneBox, an application that claims to help users save hours each week normally spent sifting through hundreds of Inbox messages.
SaneBox triages incoming emails into three folders:
Inbox – important
BlackHole – spam – junk mail
Later – bacn – read later
What’s intriguing is that SaneBox takes a first stab at what goes into each of these three folders. Then you review SaneBox’s choices and “train” the application if you want to move emails from certain senders elsewhere. This is something that none of my email client apps can do. In MS Outlook, I can make rules, but it would be time-consuming to create a new rule each time I receive email from a new contact. In Apple mail and with Web versions of most common email providers, rules don’t exist.
SaneBox works with Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, IBM Notes (fka Lotus Notes) and IMAP email accounts. By default, the application adds two new folders (@SaneBlackHole and @SaneLater), and you can add a couple more–but start with the default to keep things simple.
This is a subscription service. You can register for a free 14-day trial and $5 in SaneBox credit if you click here.
Email is here to stay, at least for a while.
Since email is here to stay, at least for the immediate future, it may be worth your time to look at this application.