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Emails get snappier with 'ShortMail'

If you are happy with 140 characters that help you tweet, what would you do with 500 characters? Perhaps write a shorter email? Twitter which has come up with a solution, Shortmail, seems to think so.

Created by a team of veteran entrepreneurs and developers at 410Labs, Shortmail hopes to change the face of communication. So, now Shortmail is a new way to communicate. Yes, it's length is limited to 500 characters. But it's also a social-linked to your Twitter account. Over time, Twitter want to make email more efficient and more social. 

Currently, only Twitter users are allowed to use their Twitter usernames on Shortmail. Anyone typing a message that has more than 500 character is sent an email to shorten it with a link that allows user to edit the email and stick to the character limit. Twitter is estimated to have around 300 million users worldwide.

Besides encouraging conciseness, Shortmail enables features like Public Conversations. A Public Conversation is an email thread that one can share on the web using a short link. It lets one create an email thread between multiple parties that can be shared using a short URL.

Shortmail can be used to send an email to anyone with an email account. One can also send Shortmails to other Twitter users. However, for this, they would need to claim their Shortmail accounts. IMAP and SMTP can be used to receive and send messages using iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devicesthat support IMAP. Currently there are no Shortmail iPhone or Android apps, though Twitter have "something planned soon".

Users can also send and receive Shortmail in their desktop mail client (like Apple Mail or Outlook) using IMAP and SMTP. They can also integrate Shortmail  with Gmail, using the POP3 protocol. If one changes one's Twitter handle, one would be allowed to also change his shortmail address. Though this would be done manually now, it would be automated soon.

Over the coming months, Shortmail team plans to add support for multiple devices and platforms, and to become a core part of the internet's messaging architecture.

To get the one for yours visit Shortmail.com
Rajat Patel

Rajat Patel

Founder at TheNextGeek.com. Software Engineer & Business Analyst by profession. Avid open source evangelist. Mostly writes about Technology that interests him, and some neat tricks to make your day-to-day tech life a breeze.

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