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Inbox Zero

A new service started up in the past couple of weeks called Mailbox. Their mission – to help users get to the state of an empty inbox. That’s a worthy cause – I can’t tell you how many people I know with literally thousands of messages in their inbox. I don’t know how they keep track of what they’ve taken care of vs what is still an open thread.

I was curious as to Mailbox’s approach, so I downloaded the app. And found over 500,000 people ahead of me in line to use it. The company seemingly took a smart approach to growth and is gradually increasing the number of people they allow to use it. Over the first 36 hours of my wait, it appears that 80,000 or so were allowed in, and the overall queue length is dropping – there are only 25,000 people behind me.

Still – I’m intrigued to see how their offering works. I’m usually already at a state of zero messages in both my work and personal accounts, so I’m likely to be disappointed! I’ve included a screenshot to show my high level filing system in Gmail.