The Next Web Developing 'Frighteningly Ambitious' Way to Fix Email
The Next Web is currently developing a service called Inbox Pro which turns the problem of inbox overload back onto email senders. Each sender receives an auto-response informing him of the number of messages currently in front in the queue, and the approximate wait time before his message is answered. He is also provided a link to a page where he can categorize the message as either a Yes/No Question, FYI, Short Message or Long Message, each of which updates the queue accordingly. The service also includes an Expire function, which alerts the sender that his message was not read or responded to within a week, and provides an opportunity to re-send. The service is in early Beta and is accepting tester requests.