September 4, 2009

Tgethr – Simplistic, Private Email Groups for All


What do you do in the morning? For most people, including myself, we wake up, grab a cup of coffee, and read our email. As archaic as it may seem, email is still one of the most popular ways of communication. Sure, Facebook is great, but sometimes you need to keep stuff private. That’s what tgethr does.

Tgethr (pronounced together) is a collaboration service which will create groups out of email addresses and will thread the messages together for you. Imagine a private Facebook group wall, but with the group you’re collaborating with a project on at work.

Most project management systems offer a ton of features that you’ll pay for, but maybe never use. The most important part of a project is working together with your group, getting everyone’s input, and adding to that input. Tgethr helps you do that with a couple different plan types, each with varying storage capacities, group amounts and group member amounts.

Practical Uses:

  • Stay in touch with friends all over the world with more privacy than social networking sites offer
  • Manage your product rollout across your company’s key departments without any special software
  • Use the most popular feature of project management software, threaded messaging, without paying the price
  • Send newsletters while keeping archives of old issues automatically

Insider Tips:

  • When you invite people to join your group, it automatically lists everyone else in the group so you don’t have to waste time typing out everyone’s name
  • Communications can be encrypted for security
  • Tgethr’s web site is iPhone/iPod Touch compatible

What we liked:

  • Simplistic interface; nothing too flashy, just a text box and the previous messages below it
  • Email encryption protects your privacy, which most don’t realize is not as secure as you may think
  • Every plan is free for 30 days, so you can figure out what works and what doesn’t for your needs

What we didn’t like:

  • Web encryption is standard, but email encryption is only available in the $24.99 and up plans
  • The $99 plan, the highest available, offers only 20 GB of storage
  • The group owner can delete messages whenever they want, without the ability to restored


Company Info:

  • Launched: July 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Naperville, IL
  • Founded by: inkling
  • Web site:


  • Six plan types from free to $99/month


  • 3 out of 5 stars (good)


  1. Matt, Thanks a ton for the review and the feedback. We’ll consider upgrading the storage, we wanted to see what kind of limits we needed. When everyone can so easily send an email to a group of people we were a bit nervous about the traffic and expense of storage.

    As for the email encryption. The reason it’s at that level and not lower is using email encryption can be a bit customer service intensive. Installing an email certificate isn’t the easiest thing to do in the world unfortunately. We’ve drawn up tutorials to try and ease the pain. But it’s definitely a few more clicks and steps than one would like.

    As for a group owner able to delete messages 🙂 What’s wrong with that? They own the group and the storage after all. Everyone has the message in their inboxes anyways so the backup is most likely in your email inbox. And we’ve never had a case of anyone accidentally deleting something and needing to restore it. But your feedback does encourage us to provide some more options for backing up all the messages in case something like that happens in the future.

    Again, thanks a ton for the review and the food for thought for us. Home you are having an awesome week so far!

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