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Yahoo Tries to Improve Your Inbox 84

Jamie found a story about Yahoo's plans to improve your inbox by incorporating more information into the sorting. Simple thread order or chronological order ignores tons of information that might be available on social networking websites. That way your friends will be more prominently displayed. Automating this could beat the hell out of a hundred lines of procmail recipes.
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Yahoo Tries to Improve Your Inbox

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  • by morgan_greywolf ( 835522 ) on Thursday January 10, 2008 @11:29AM (#21984284) Homepage Journal
    Most likely, yeah, considering they bought Oddpost for just this sort of tech.

  • by denis-The-menace ( 471988 ) on Thursday January 10, 2008 @11:38AM (#21984454)
    Gotta love how Yahoo keeps on adding layers to *prevent* you from getting to your email.

    As it is now:
    -You login
    -you get a customizable billboard that lets you preview (but not touch) your email.
    -You must click "Email" to get to your email.
    -It then opens a new window or tab with your email to keep the Ads intact and *hopefully* in your view.

    I can't wait to see how this *new Feature* will enhance the billboard and make my email that much slower and harder to use.
  • by HerculesMO ( 693085 ) on Thursday January 10, 2008 @11:59AM (#21984742)
    One is threaded conversations like GMail offers. I found that very useful.

    The second is IMAP, so I can sync my email and calendar to my phone on the fly.

    That's all that's left. I already prefer it to Gmail by far, if they add that in, I won't even think Gmail can catch up.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2008 @12:37PM (#21985352)

    You don't understand. This has nothing to do with e-mail and everything to do with ego.

    People want this system because they want to believe that they're so important that they just can't handle the information over-load in their lives. All human societies everywhere have always included a significant component of conspicuous consumption, and right now "information" is the commodity that the little monkeys are most conspicuous in consuming.

    People aren't complaining about the amount of e-mail they get. They're bragging about it.

    Silly "features" like this are designed to let people who are deliberately over-loading themselves with useless information do even more of the same, because they have so little meaning in their lives that this is all they can hope to achieve.
  • Re:Suggestion (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CristalShandaLear ( 762536 ) on Thursday January 10, 2008 @01:49PM (#21986664) Homepage Journal
    Yes, but what if you don't like the "new" version because it is hideously, horribly, sadly, terrbily sloooowwww? Not to mention, ugly, clunky an the ads are more intrusive, even using Firefox and Adblock. I really, really hate that Outlook clone and I don't find it fun to use at all.

    If I wanted Outlook, I would use Outlook. I don't. I want simple mail and if they can put the little paper clip thing in the "new" version, it makes no sense that they can't do it with "old" version. That and too much spam are my only detractors for the "old" version.

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner