Boomerang: Email Productivity

Thoughts on productivity from the makers of Boomerang, the world's most-used email extension


Hello, again! Wow, how is it already summer here in California? Since we last saw you on the blog, we have been working hard to develop the exciting new features you’ve been asking for. In case you missed it, we recently added keyboard shortcuts for all Boomerang users and introduced the Premium plan. Thanks to Lifehacker and The Next Web for the love! To the users that have been eye-ing the “Coming Soon” notice for CRM integration...

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When we started Baydin, we wanted to build a company that included charitable contributions as part of its DNA. Four years ago, we decided that we would donate a portion of our profits (if we ever generated any) to advance education in Myanmar. One of our company’s founders is Burmese, and the name of the company, Baydin, is a Burmese word that means foretelling the future through magic. So it felt right to plan to someday help people...

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Happy new year! Over the holiday break, we released a set of features that make handling your scheduled messages easier than ever before — Inline Manage! Way back in the summer of 2010, when we first released Boomerang, we forgot to include any way to edit, reschedule, or cancel messages you scheduled with Boomerang. Oops! Our engineers spent a weekend in a dark room coding furiously, and our Manage Page was born. The Manage...

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Gmail (and Google Apps) now has a new way for handling loading images in email. Google provides more detail on the Gmail Blog, but here’s a quick overview: Images are now displayed by default in email Google downloads the images to their servers, screens them for any malware, and then sends them to you from their own servers This policy applies to messages loaded through Gmail’s web interface, the Gmail app on Android or...

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Good news, fans of government! The political stalemate that closed the country’s national park system, caused a dangerous shortage in adorable panda-cam footage and spawned this heartbreaking image, ended last Thursday with a temporary budget deal that funds federal agencies into January of next year. But with an estimated 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees furloughed during the 16 day shutdown, things are still getting back up...

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Our inboxes are to-do lists dictated by other people: Ping! “Schedule me!” Ping! “Respond to my question!”  Ping!  Ping!  PING! “Make a choice about these twenty things in the next two minutes!!!” Every time you email your contacts, you do the same by adding another task to their lists. Out of consideration for their sanity (and karma points), email etiquette means putting effort into composing messages that are easy to process and...

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Chris Hicken, COO at UserTesting.com and Co-Founder and CEO at LottoJar, shares tricks of the customer support trade and how he uses Boomerang to provide the best communication possible What’s UserTesting.com? Let me give you the quick one-liner: Analytics tells you what your visitors are doing on your webiste, UserTesting.com tells you why they left without buying. If you’re responsible for the conversion rate or customer experience...

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Rick Lewis, Principal Software Engineer at ASTL Systems, talks NASA-sponsored computer labs, the dot com boom, and how Boomerang has evolved email. “I got interested in electronics when I was probably eleven or twelve years old. We were living in Sacramento and there was a guy across the street with a Corvette who would blare his music whenever he’d wash his car. There was a construction project nearby, so I went and found about a...

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Introductions are a valuable way to expand our connections, but are dangerous to our reputation when they’re badly executed. In this email etiquette post, Baydin explains the etiquette of asking for an introduction. Last week we talked about double opt-in introductions (read about it here). This week, we’re backing up to discuss the etiquette of asking for an introduction. Whether you’re searching for your first job, trying to change...

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Artistic quotes about color seem way too meta for a Wednesday morning, while references to psychedelics and “Color Runs” seem too… active. So, I’ll cut to the chase: this month, Baydin has updated Boomerang for Android to make the user interface customizable with seven unique themes: Blue, Dark, Teal, Purple, Wood, Stone, and Leaf. To change your theme, open the drawer and click Settings, Account Settings, and...

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