Glider co-founder here. We hated how existing email clients treated an email from Paul Graham the same as newsletters and twitter notifications. Gmail's priority inbox tried to fix this problem by filtering out "unimportant" emails, but messages from different contexts were still being mixed together.
We think the best solution is to group emails by sender and context (people, notifications, mailing lists, etc). For example, if I'm a power-seller on eBay, my PayPal notifications are top priority, but I still don't want to see them alongside emails from friends. You already know what types of emails are important to you, so we designed Glider to allow you to easily see that information without having to create an intricate system of labels, filters and folders.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on email. We're looking for honest feedback, so please feel free to tear our idea apart. Is this something that you (or someone you know) would use? Thanks!
Neat. Glad there are still people not treating email as a solved problem. I tossed my address in for an invite.. Meanwhile.. Is there a security whitepaper or writeup somewhere? Handing over the keys to your email account isn't something I'm eager to do without some confidence in your product :)
[Edit] Also... please paste the "if sender == 'firstname.lastname@example.org':" condition that I want to believe is in your codebase.
Same. I don't like each and every proposed solution that all the recent email clients have, but I live a life which, like it or not, involves a hell of a lot of email. So against all odds, seeing people trying to seriously tackle email from different angles is exciting.
I had a long conversation with a friend over lunch once where we both started by imagining a severely improved client, and eventually concluded that once you had traction with that the real benefits would come from a severely improved protocol. A lot of what makes email suck seems pretty baked into it historically.
I sent a note via the website about parsing Amazon delivery notes for shipment tracking numbers, then pulling in delivery dates via FedEx/UPS etc APIs and displaying it inline in the message list (maybe even optionally in a sidebar widget, list my currently in-transit Amazon receipts).
I think that could be really interesting, and similar concepts applied to various services/notification emails.
Thanks for the feedback! We think that'd be an awesome feature as well. We've been looking into parsing automated emails from common senders (ie. amazon, twitter, etc) to display them in a more appropriate and useful manner, similar to what you've described.
Why are you only supporting GMail? I mean, basically IMAP should do it, right? Considering the recent drop of "don't be evil", I'm seriously thinking about returning to self-hosted email and it would be a shame if such a hopefully great service wouldn't work with that..
We're limiting to GMail (including google app accounts) so we can focus on nailing the interface and auto-categorization of email. We plan to add support for other providers and possibly self-hosted in the future.
I would include this information on your How Glider Works page, as well as a "Stay Notified" option for visitors who don't use GMail but are interested in Glider. Making this addition will allow you to build targeted lists of potential users for future versions of Glider.
Great stuff! Excited about this because of the team and the vision to fix email which seems to have stopped after Gmail launched. All of the other services are plugins ontop of Gmail which as a user I find incredibly annoying as it isn't the true experience and can't be replicated on other devices without installing the plugin.
I get quite a lot of emails a day so I'm interested to how this will work with that but I truly see this problem. Some notifications are really important such as Amazon Shipping, Paypal Issues and certain messages, while some direct emails are more important than others.
Some ideas. Truly important emails should give me a push notification on iOS if/once you get to creating an app, I see lots of value in mobile for this solution as there are few competitors.
Secondly I'd like to be reminded if I don't get to an urgent email as sometimes I forget to read emails after I've seen the subject but maybe haven't clicked.
Glider will pull in your contacts and address book, and other similar data to make the transition viable. Definitely let us know if there are other features you rely on so we can work on implementing them.
We're working on a non-standard search implementation that takes into account not only the terms you're searching for, but the type of emails your expecting your query to return (without adding additional operators or search complexity).
Our interface and the way we present emails on the page (contrary to traditional inboxes) decreases the importance of having phenomenal search algorithms.
Make it so that powerful spam filters (like Spam Sieve level) are built into the mail client package and are cloud-based. While I love Spam Sieve, the fact that it is essentially desktop software chained to individual machines makes it incredibly sloppy. Any time you pick up and turn on your phone/tablet, thus breaking the chain of protection, spam leaks through.
If there was a way to have spam protection as a service for email providers that don't already offer it (like Gmail does) that would be a great product indeed. I'd drop Mail/Sparrow and Spam Sieve if I could get it all in one package.
That's my #1 gripe, less the prioritization and/or labeling of email and message types. Creating folders has worked pretty well so far. But I'd even be willing to change my workflow for an all-in-one solution.
I'm not huge into email clients, but perhaps that's just because I never found one that offered me much that my web client does not. With that in mind, I sincerely wish you the best of luck and hope that you can change mind.
Unrelated, the CSS background on your marketing page is a little borked on larger screens:
I've also been using OIB as a GMail extension for auto-sorting my mail. Glider is a whole new interface, a new way to view your email/inbox. OIB is just a way to sort emails and apply categorical labels. In other words, OIB is an incremental improvement on GMail organization, and Glider is an entirely new webmail experience.
I'd love to pay you a self-hosted version. There is also a good chance I'd pay you for a hosted version, so long as I knew I had the opportunity to upgrade to a self-hosted version, at a reasonable price for an individual with multiple domains.
I'd not pay for a version that had adds, and personally would likely to pay to remove adds, but it's unclear if that'd apply to many people.