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Mozilla storms email chaos with Raindrop

Raindrop will aggregate multiple online communications media, according to Mozilla, and sift the stuff you want from the less important
Written by Tom Espiner, Contributor on

Mozilla Labs has announced an experimental messaging aggregator called Raindrop. The project aims to sift multiple online communication sources and prioritise messages for the user.

"Today people use so many messaging tools, it's honestly hard to keep track of them all," said Bryan Clark, Mozilla messaging lead, in a video to introduce the project. "Raindrop intelligently separates the personal messages from the bulk."

Raindrop will eventually aggregate messages received via communications including email, Twitter, instant messaging, Skype, Facebook, and Google Docs, the Raindrop development team wrote in a blog post.

The tool is designed to be used through either Firefox or Webkit-based browsers, Raindrop developer James Burke said in a video embedded in the blog post. Firefox, Chrome and Safari users will be able to use Raindrop, but not Internet Explorer users.

At present Raindrop source code is available for developers to test, but no compiled code or alpha is currently available.

The project has some similarities to Google's Wave, which blends email, collaborative working, instant messaging, and social networking communications into a single application.

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