I use text messaging, Yahoo messenger, Facebook chat and Facebook email, and over a dozen email accounts on gmail and yahoo mail in addition to my own domain’s email via Google apps. In addition, I use Google Voice which transcribes my voice mail into text and sends me a link to my email. Most of my emails are forwarded to a main account but the problem is if I reply using that account, the sender now sees a reply from a different email address and that can be confusing. For important emails, I can use Yahoo mail because I usually have Yahoo messenger open and it will pop up an alert but if I don’t have it running, I don’t get the alert. For critical alerts, I prefer to send an sms message but not all applications support that so I setup a poor man’s alert system by creating a Twitter account that is configured to send me an sms when I get a new tweet. I then setup whatever trigger to update that private Twitter account. As you might imagine, keeping up with all these different platforms is quite a chore. Continue reading “My perfect email replacement”
What’s needed is a unified system that integrates email, chat, sms, and voice mail. Facebook is trying to do that but their system is Facebook centric and I don’t want such a system. Google is probably the best poised to create such a unified system since they have gmail, Google app, Chrome, and Google voice.