Monday, January 12, 2009

Emails that make you Happy

Here's a random idea: What if you email client could show only emails that will make you happy? Email is a huge source of stress: All these emails from your boss, payment reminders, and project assignments – sometimes it's best just to ignore them. I propose adding a view that shows you only happy emails.

So how do you find these emails? Unless there is some magic natural language processing trick that I haven't heard of, I'd doubt that a content-based happiness filter would work. Let's just do it by sender.

People remember how you make them feel. The best way might be to just show the user a list of her top contacts, and rate her contacts. Like rating songs in iTunes, but more fun.

The inbox will now only contain emails from people that make you happy. The stress-free workplace is born.


Furqan Nazeeri said...

Nice! Reminds me of "peril-sensitive sunglasses" from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Dan said...

I see you're following your own advice with respect to mockups :-)

Devan said...

Ah, but then are 3 happiness levels enough? How about a sliding scale from:
(1) Giddy Ecstasy
(2) Chortling Silliness
(3) Wan Smile
(4) Ho Hum
(5) Slightly Furrowed Brow
(6) Grumpy Snorting
(7) Digging own eyeballs out with a blunt pencil ??

Felipe Avila da Costa said...

It is an interesting idea but the effort necessary to be effective sounds too high...

How many people rate their songs frequently on iTunes?