Mozilla unveils prototype communication tool Raindrop

By on October 23, 2009, 11:55 AM
Mozilla has announced a new open-source, experimental communication platform called Raindrop. Built around the idea that "email isnít fun anymore," the service is meant to act as a mini Web server to fetch your conversations from different sources (email, social networks, blogs and more) and then intelligently sort them so that personal messages "bubble up" while minor messages and notifications are pushed to the sidelines.

The idea is to separate emails from people you actually know or conversations in blogs and social networks you may want to participate in from, say, online promotions, countless newsletters and Facebook notifications.

It shares some similarities with Google Wave in its attempt to re-imagine web communications from the ground up and the ability to extend functionality through an open API -- thus many are already calling it a competitor. However, from what I can understand looking at this video, Raindrop is more about streamlining conversations and making sense of the huge influx of messages coming our way, whereas Google Wave seems to focus more on facilitating real-time collaboration within a (preferably modest-sized) group of people.

Both products are still at a very early stage so it will be interesting to see what parallels might emerge between the two besides using modern JavaScript libraries and CSS. For now Raindrop is only available to developers, but if you know your way around Python, you can download the code to start tinkering with it.


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