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Inbox Zero and Fido Apps

Take Control of Your INBOX

Almost everyone gets too much email.  Important messages can get lost in the clutter of a busy inbox.

As part of the focus on the user interface that I wrote about in a previous post (Fido Apps User Interface: The Changes That You Don’t See), Fido Apps includes two enhancements to help you handle large volumes of email: improved conversation views and activity streams.

Following the conversation

Conversations are a great way to group and manage related emails. The Fido Apps web interface has significant improvements to how it handles email conversations.

To try the conversation view, choose By Conversation from the View menu.

When you choose the Conversation view, Fido Apps shows you all of the related messages (replies and forwards) in a single pane, hiding the duplicate content within each message. This makes it much faster and easier to track who said what in a conversation.

You can also read the conversation in chronological order (oldest to newest).  You’ll appreciate that feature if you’ve ever been added to an ongoing email conversation after it’s started and have to catch up.

If you want to page through many conversations quickly, use the Read More button next to the View menu. This skips directly to the next unread message text in the conversation or the next conversation with an unread message.  Pressing the space bar does the same thing.

Activity streams

For most of us, the inbox is a busy place.  Some messages you need to respond to right away, and others you might want to save to read at a later time. This second category includes newsletters you subscribe to, announcements from your favorite store, and others.  They’re not spam messages, but you may consider them less important than others.

Fido Apps lets you create an Activity Stream to keep track of those messages while moving them out of your inbox.  To try this feature, select Mail, click the Action gear icon next to the Folders heading to the left, pick Activity Stream, and then click the Enable checkbox in the Activity Stream dialog box.

You can fine-tune the filters to get more precise. Even using the default settings eliminates a lot of clutter from your inbox. But creating new rules is as easy as dragging and dropping a message from the inbox to the Activity Stream. You’ll be prompted to send future messages with the same sender or subject to the Activity stream.

 

Find out more about how Fido Apps can enable you to take control of your Inbox at https://www.fido.net/apps/

Original post by Josh Johnson

Fido.Net’s team of experienced engineers and management have been working in the internet industry since its inception in the UK back in 1992.

Jon Morby, the founder and owner of Fido.Net originally started in IT as far back as 1982, and was one of the UK (and Europe’s) main importers of both email and echomail for the fidonet network of amateur bulletin boards, running the fidonet.org Internet gateway from 1985 through to 1994.

Jon Morby – founder of Fido.Net.

Although enjoying a successful career in Stock Broking working out of the Birmingham Stock Exchange, Jon felt the real future was in the Internet; and after some persuasion by Demon’s then Managing Director Cliff Stanford, Jon joined Demon Internet Ltd, initially responsible for their Birmingham Point of Presence (PoP) from 1993 to 1995 and then moving to London to supervise Demon’s growing technical support team.

By the time Jon finally left Demon in January 2000 he was their Advanced Technologies Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of the next generation systems which Scottish Telecom (now Thus PLC) and Demon would be rolling out over the next 3-5 years – a far cry from his original days running a support desk of 5 staff!

Fido.Net’s senior staff have had a grounding in the Internet with the majority of them having worked for ISP’s such as Demon Internet, EasyNet and other main stream UK Service Providers, as well as some of the first large Internet Portals (including online trading experts The Interactive Investor, and the not so successful boo.com).

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