April 2, 2010

OtherInbox – Automatically Organize Your Email

If you shop online or use social networking sites regularly, then you know how quickly one innocent purchase or online message can explode into dozens of follow up emails and confirmation requests. Rather than just getting one auto reply, your inbox has the tendency to become flooded with follow up messages, similar offers, and requests from users to become their “friends” on various networking sites across the web. OtherInbox is a web-app that aims to stop all of that and reduce the clutter in people’s email inboxes by eliminating the junk and organizing everything that’s left.

Although OtherInbox works best with Gmail and Yahoo Mail, users with a bit of technical expertise can still use the application even if they don’t have accounts with either of the preferred systems. After connecting your email account with OtherInbox, simply sit back and watch as the application works its magic. Without any setup to handle or filters to create, OtherInbox will begin separating messages into folders for Shopping, Travel, Business, and other predetermined categories, making it easier to read the important emails first and delete groups of messages that aren’t worth your time. Emails sent from the contacts you deal with the most are left in your inbox, and you can even receive daily summaries explaining which emails have been organized into folders and what each of them said.

As part of your account, OtherInbox creates free email addresses that you can share with online sales merchants and social networking sites, making it easy to determine where the spam in your inbox is coming from and block those messages with the simple click of a button. If you are someone who receives hundreds or thousands of emails in a given day and needs a better way to keep your inbox free of junk, then OtherInbox is an easy-to-use, hands-free application that does the work on its own and leaves you with a clean and clutter-free inbox.

Practical Uses:

  • Save time by not scrolling through and manually deleting spam emails each day
  • Read and respond to the most important emails first
  • Clear out your inbox of all the junk and clutter
  • Block messages from individual companies with the click of a button

Insider Tips:

  • Sign up to receive daily digests of all the emails that came in that day
  • Use a custom email address provided by OtherInbox when shopping online
  • Determine whether to archive all messages from a specific sender or leave them as ‘read’ messages in your inbox
  • Create new folders to sort information into
  • Use the RSS feed feature to automatically see all incoming emails in your reader

What we liked:

  • Quickly clears out an overstuffed inbox
  • Unique email addresses make it easy to determine who is giving your contact information to spammers
  • Ability to keep all shopping receipts or purchase confirmations in one place
  • Inbox gets organized without any actual work on the user’s part

What we didn’t like:

  • OtherInbox still does not work with all types of email systems
  • Users with free accounts can only see messages received in the past 30 days


Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2008
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Austin, Texas
  • Founded by: Joshua Baer
  • Web site:


  • Free service
  • Upcoming premium plan will cost $19.99/year

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