AwayFind Wants to Help Tame Email

ScreenshotGet too much email these days? Who doesn’t? Startup AwayFind (now in private beta; request access via their homepage) wants to help you cut down on the nuisance by letting you only deal with email twice a day. The secret sauce: a contact URL on your “out of office” message that bounces people over to a hosted web form that handles urgent requests. The idea is that people email you, get the response, and then if it’s important they duck over to your web form, which can send you (or your assistant) an email or SMS notification.

It’s an interesting idea: the online equivalent of having an administrative assistant screen your mail and only bother you for the important things. I fear some of my most persistent nuisances might learn quickly to just skip the email and go straight to AwayFind, just as they flag every message as important nowadays. But if you’re suffering from severe email overload, it’s worth a look. They plan both a free service and a premium ($5/month) version with additional settings and customizations.

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