Handy e-mail helper: Xobni

Xobni Insight looks like a very handy download for Outlook e-mail users.

Xobni's Outlook sidebar

The first demo at the TechCrunch 40 conference today is from Xobni ("inbox" backwards, oh how clever), which makes the "Insight" plug-in for Outlook that looks like it will be worth installing when it opens up to the public later this fall. When you highlight an e-mail, it gives you useful intelligence related to the sender: other messages from him or her, who the sender is connected to (via cc), and a graphic showing when the sender's previous e-mails have been received.

It also extracts phone numbers and other contact info from e-mail message bodies and lets you search your e-mail files and attachments.

The part of the pitch that really hooked me: "Xobni exposes the hidden social network" in your e-mail. I totally get that. Our in-boxes really do contain a lot of social information, and I am very eager to see if Xobni will help me uncover mine.

I installed a preview version of this app and am looking forward to stress-testing it in the next few days.

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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.

 

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