Silentale is a service that works to unify your address books, and gives you one place to archive and search your messages. It’s similar to Threadsy, which aims to bring together your email and social network inboxes in one place, although as you can’t actually compose new messages, or edit much of the content of your address book, directly in Silentale, it’s actually more like Gist.
When signing up for a Silentale account, you are presented with a wizard that helps connect your email and social network accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Contacts, Highrise, Gmail, Google Apps Mail, IMAP/POP3 email, AOL Mail, Hotmail/Live Mail, and Yahoo! Mail. You can connect to many of these services via OAuth or Facebook Connect, although you have to give Silentale your Google Apps and Gmail passwords, which may make some people uncomfortable.
Once connected, it may take a while for your contacts and message history to be imported, but then, Silentale lets you view and search for information in an elegant and easy-to-navigate interface with only three tabs — Messages, Contacts, and Connectors (which is what Silentale calls the external accounts you have given it).
The Messages screen is laid out in a Twitter-style timeline, and Contacts are presented in a multi-column screen that includes tools to merge contacts and edit names and pictures, but nothing else. The screen is headed with a field for searching messages and contacts. As I write this, contact searches are working, but message searches seem to fail. Silentale does offer a nicely laid out support function where one can report bugs.
Silentale also has an API, and is encouraging development of third-party applications. Android and iPhone apps are on the way, and there are add-ons for Outlook and Firefox available now. When you go to a friend’s profile in a site like Facebook in Firefox, the add-on displays a contact’s details, as well as recent messages you’ve exchanged with them.
Silentale is currently in public beta, and the service is offering free unlimited accounts until May 31. After that, it will offer several pricing levels, plus free accounts for connecting five services or less.
Silentale’s biggest strength is its simple, responsive and attractive interface. While it doesn’t have some of the features that Gist does, its search functions and ability to archive messages make it worth a close look.
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