Raindrop: Take Control of Your Inbox

Ever since e-mail emerged as a mainstream communications tool, there has been a battle to control the inbox. Even the most disciplined people have trouble managing the ever-growing number of e-mail messages flowing into their inboxes.

Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse as social networks create entirely new inboxes replete with updates and private messages from Twitter, Facebook, Skype, MySpace, Flickr and LinkedIn. For many people, things are getting or have already out of control.

Fortunately, there’s a growing number of players trying to solve the inbox problem. Among them is Mozilla, best known for its popular Firefox browser. Mozilla recently announced a new project called Raindrop.

In unveiling Raindrop, Mozilla said it’s “an effort that starts by trying to understand today’s web of conversations, and aims to design an interface that helps people get a handle on their digital world.”

At its core, Raindrop is focused on automatically dividing your inbox into the messages that are important, and those that can be dealt with later. By effectively managing or prioritizing your e-mail and social media messages, Raindrop is hoping to help people take control of their inboxes.

When Raindrop is released in the coming months, it will be interesting to see if Raindrop can actually wrestle our inboxes to the ground.

Fore more thoughts on Raindrop, here are some blog posts from TechCrunch and Mashable. As well, here’s a video from Mozilla that describes the project:

Raindrop UX Design and Demo from Mozilla Messaging on Vimeo.