New App to Make E-mail More Civil!

Have you ever wondered if your friends, family members or contacts are reading your e-mails? If you knew they were asphyxiated by unread e-mails, would you wait until their Inbox invasion subsided to send them e-mail? There’s an app for that!

Developed to make email inboxes more socially considerate spaces, Courteous.ly, a new service for Gmail users will analyze and determine the current level of email traffic.  Then, using the tool, your friends and family can encourage you to e-mail at a more convenient time. After receiving a link from Courteous.ly, you can check to see whether their Inbox is already flooded. They can also opt to have one-line e-mails sent to the top of your inbox.

“I think we’re really good at the etiquette part when we have the cues that allow us to be polite,” Georgia Tech Assistant Professor and Courteous.ly developer Eric Gilbert says. “Courteous.ly helps manage expectations and lets people choose to send mail when it’s best for you.”

Could this app be the answer to a very common problem and will it actually make us more considerate?


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