August 29, 2016
Baydin, makers of the email scheduling “Boomerang for Gmail” plugin, has launched Boomerang Respondable, a new plugin that uses AI to improve the body of your emails. The goal: to get people to actually want to respond to your message.
The AI gives you the option to accept or reject the variety of suggestions that it uses to rank each email. You may have too many complicated words or sentences, you might not be polite enough, you might be too subjective or negative, and the word count might run a little long. In each case, Respondable will offer a few words of explanation, pointing out that a 3rd grade reading level is optimal.
Email has been a staple of internet communication from the beginning, and is still going strong. But it's far from perfect, as plenty of whiny office workers will remind you. Responding to or sending email can suck up hours of your workday. Across the entire working world, those numbers add up to millions of hours lost. Streamlining the system, if actually done right, could save plenty of time.
Of course, if you have already established your voice with friends and coworkers who know you, they might be upset to see your writing style replaced by a peppy 3rd-grader. Given this, the plugin might be best used for B2B office email to faceless workers who just want to absorb the information from your email as quickly as possible.
The Respondable plugin works for both Google and Outlook, and is available for free, though an advanced version is available only through Baydin’s Boomerang for Gmail’s Pro and Premium plans, starting at 15 bucks a month.
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