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Robots want to help you write less crappy emails

(TECH NEWS) Leave it to robot intelligence to ensure you say what you mean and mean what you say.

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Sending and answering emails can easily consume most of your day if you let. Sooner or later we’ll have an autobot/robot that can write and answer our emails for us, but until that becomes reality the next best thing might be an interesting AI startup that kind of copy-edits your content so your emails stand a much better chance of getting read.

Wired reports that new kid on the block Boomerang recently introduced a new AI-powered tool called “Respondable.”

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Boomerang explains that “Respondable analyzes your messages as you write them, predicts how likely they are to get a response, and then suggests ways you can improve them. If your subject line it too terse, for instance, or the email’s tone seems rude, it will tell you. In theory, this will make life easier for people on both ends on the exchange: The recipient the email will get clearer, more actionable emails, and the sender should be more likely to get a prompt response.”

Boomerang already made headlines when it introduced a plugin for Gmail and Outlook that lets you hit the “snooze button” on certain messages. Messages will disappear from your inbox but then reappear at later time. Respondable takes the search for the perfect email one step higher.

The Boomerang blog points out that “Respondable gives you unique insight into your writing style and how it impacts the likelihood that the messages you send will receive a response. And it’s built directly into the same Boomerang extension used by millions of people to schedule and snooze their emails.”

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Easy as one, two, three

For existing Boomerang users, simply reload your Gmail or Outlook window, and the new features will appear. Respondable doesn’t write your emails for you. Not yet anyway. Boomerang, for its part, feels like this is the first time in history that anyone has ever been able to get an unbiased, data-driven, real-world view into what kind of writing is actually effective. And it’s the first time in history that there has been a way to bring that analysis to bear on your own writing in an accessible way.

Easier and more efficient emails? Count me in!


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Nearly three decades living and working all over the world as a radio and television broadcast journalist in the United States Air Force, Staff Writer, Gary Picariello is now retired from the military and is focused on his writing career.

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  1. John Federico

    September 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    I use both Boomerang and Grammarly in Gmail.

    I write pretty well, but both have definitely been helpful.

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