Invite your Friends to use Xobni Insight!

Starting today, Xobni users will be given invites they can use to share Xobni with their friends. The invitations will appear in the bottom of the Xobni Insight sidebar.

invite box

Xobni is tackling a big problem. We want to help our users organize their personal information centered around people. Anywhere you communicate or build relationships, we want to help manage that information.

We want to make using Xobni as easy as chewing bubblegum. We don’t want to force our users to change email clients or social networks to use Xobni. Our software seamlessly integrates with the environments and systems that you already use to communicate and build relationships.

The first platform we’ve integrated with, Outlook, is huge. Outlook is used by 350 million people, so we figured it was kind of important. It has been a hard battle, and the battle is not over, but in the last four months we’ve overcome the biggest challenges by working with our users. We spoke with users on the phone, had long email conversations, and had others join us in our office for pizza, beer, and troubleshooting. Having solved many of the challenges we are now comfortable growing our user base. Thus, we are excited to announce our invite launch.

This “Gmail-style” invite system means you can get Xobni by buddying up with a friend who already uses Xobni. Nobody knows potential Xobni users better than our existing users. We will continue to give our beta users invites as time moves forward.

Xobni Insight was developed with the goal of making something people want. It turns out we were mostly right, but our users helped us improve our product even further.

Improved and added features

We read every feedback email, support email, and survey response. We’ve added or improved the huge pieces of functionality based on user feedback: attachment drag and drop functionality, copy, paste, and link clicking within conversations, editable pictures and phone numbers, and improved search and conversation views (our two top used features). Some more detailed feature improvements are discussed in our last blog post.

Social Graph
The blogosphere has been discussing email’s hidden social graph. Our Connected People feature leverages email’s social graph and we will continue to expose the social utility of email as we move forward. Our invitation system is another illustration of using the social graph. Xobni’s invitation system is smart; it uses the frequency and recency of your email patterns to recommend a list of friends you should invite to use Xobni.

invite dialogue

Web search
We envision a stronger connection between email and the web. We have big plans for what this means, but today we take a first step. Xobni’s search now includes Yahoo web results alongside people and email results. This feature provides a quick way to look up information on the web without having to leave the Outlook window.

web integration

We hope you enjoy the new features. Remember to share email happiness with your friends!

47 Responses to “Invite your Friends to use Xobni Insight!”


  1. 1 Roy January 9, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I really like that you using the gmail-esque “invite a friend” method of extending you beta – it’s obvioously a great philosophical fit. Having said that, I’m not in the beta yet and don’t know if any of my friends are either. If anyone has a spare invite, I’d love to be your friend 🙂

    Thanks
    Roy

    roy.king at yahoo.com

  2. 2 Matt January 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I just got the invite, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this tool can do. I’ll be sure to blog my results.

  3. 3 John January 9, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    The new features look great, please tweak the performance a bit, I am really enjoying the experience so far!!! Nice work!!

  4. 4 Marita Roebkes January 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!

    Just invited my CEO to use too!

    Marita @ Xeequa

  5. 5 Patrick January 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Just starting using Xobni and so far so good!

    I thought of a few questions that I couldn’t find answers to via your FAQ. Have you considered signing up for a forum at getsatisfaction.com so that users can find each other to help each other out? I’ve found it’s a great way to get beta users talking and troubleshooting with minimal effort. If not Satisfaction, any other forum software would be great as well!

    My question was if there was a way to set Xobni to ignore certain folder/mailboxes. My firm uses company-wide public folders, which includes task folders. Unfortunately, Xobni’s crawled that folder too and added it to my own task list. That has in effect rendered the To-Do Items list useless for me.

  6. 6 giulio January 10, 2008 at 4:08 am

    hi there,
    just testing your fantastic tool!!!!

    quick questions
    – is it possible to turn off the yahoo-search feature?
    – is it possible to filter conversations with a contact in order to display just threads in which the selected contact is the thread leader? or is in the FROM field and not in the CC field

    bye bye from italy

  7. 7 dennis January 10, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Send me an invite pls… Thanks a lot for helping

    dennis.lohck (at) gmail.com

    I don’t have any friends too that can invite me..

  8. 8 Johnny January 10, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Awesome, I been waiting for something like this for a long time. I have signed up for the Xobni code I just sent the code to everyone in my contacts list. Hopefully I can get to try out the beta soon, if anyone feels up to it please drop me an invite xobni@urnet.org Thanks.

  9. 9 chris January 10, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I tried it and like it, but won’t use the search. Everything I search is forwarded to Yahoo, so I can’t search for any confidential things. Please make it possible to disable the web search.

    I prefer keyboard shortcuts to clicking, some ReSharper feeling inside Outlook would be great 😉

  10. 10 alf January 10, 2008 at 9:08 am

    No luck using invite codes on google..if anyone can invite, will be greatly appreciated: alfcruiser (at) gmail dot com

  11. 11 J-Fu January 10, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Sure, I’ll beg 🙂
    jeremy.m.ellis (at) gmail dot com

  12. 12 Fred January 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Been using this for a week or so. I would very much like the option to turn off the Yahoo search. I don’t use (or want the wasted screen space, let alone privacy issues) web search in Outlook. I would us that in a web browser, where results are easier to see, multiple search engines are available (Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc.). I don’t want potentially confidential information that I would look for in an email sent to Yahoo. Word to the wise – almost no company or IT department would allow that as well.

    It should also be much easier to combine contacts. I can’t tel if that is happening. If I have someone who is a contact with a work email address I should be able to have that picture, analytical data, etc. available when he sends me an email from his home address. I don’t want two “John Smith” Xobni contacts with different stats. A related matter is that the Xobni contact should show me the email address that is “in play.” That way I know if I “send a message to X” it will go work, or home, or Gmail, etc. Right now, that information is only available by right clicking on “Email X” and then pasting in another program (like Word). Frustrating.

    The copy and paste feature should have a right click option. It does not even look like it works, you have to just trust which parts of the window are copyable (by Ctrl+C) and then pasting and which are not. Some are, some aren’t, and a right click window would point out the difference (even if it is not used each time).

    Overall, a very good program, very useful. With a few minor modifications (as outlined above and others have commented – e.g. drop and drag email addresses), this could be priceless!

  13. 13 Someone Ninja January 10, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Is it possible for someone to send me an invite? MasterChi AT goowy DOT com.

    I use outlook at a very big corporation of 80 thousand users and get about 1 GB of email every 4 months so I think I would be a good candidate to test this. Thanks.

    The goowy.com address is just offsite to prevent spammers. Thanks again.

  14. 14 Mark January 10, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I find this new yahoo-search annoying. And the invite is also wasting space. Bad news.

  15. 15 matt January 10, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey everybody.

    Thanks so much for all of your feedback. We are really excited about the awesome response we’ve received.

    In regards to the new integrated web-search, this is a brand new feature and we are still figuring out how to make it better. Your feedback is very useful as we improve this feature to make all of our users happy. We’ll ship an update with configurations and other improvements very soon.

    Cheers,
    Matt

  16. 16 Colin January 11, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Has anyone else noticed the little ‘Praetorian’ PI symbol at the bottom right of the ‘About’ box??? Clicking on it does not seem to do anything (unlike Sandra Bullock in ‘The Net’)…is it a ‘GateKeeper’ for new features ??? 🙂 Anything to do with the growing conspiracy?? (http://www.megsplace.com/pi.html)

    Cheers
    Colin
    p.s. Awesome software by the way!

  17. 17 Thomas January 11, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Can you send me an invitation please?

    thomas (dot) lippert (at) leon2008.de

  18. 18 Andy Waite January 11, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Very impressive. What I’d love to see is some way to integrate it with an existing web-pased staff directory. e.g. you click on someone’s name and one of the side-panels makes a call to http://intranet/staff?email=%email% where the token is replaced by the email of the person currently selected.

  19. 19 David January 12, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Very interesting. I think you’re ignoring an avenue for development that you’re actually close to already. In Outlook, there is nothing that says that a Contact has to be a contact. Another useful idea would be to treat Contacts as Projects. If you create a Contacts folder named Projects, you can now group tasks, emails, meetings, etc. by the project that they are associated with and use the Activities tab on the Project to see everything associated with the project (which is more useful than treating a project as a Category). I’ve started to use this idea in straight Outlook 2003 and it mostly works, but there are some problems (that Xobni seems close to solving!).

    * Although you can add projects (contacts) to pretty much everything in Outlook, adding it to an email message is slightly difficult (View/Options) compared to the other items. Because of this, you will tend to avoid setting Project for an email and, thus, lose conversations about a project.

    * Grouping items by contacts groups by *all* the contacts listed rather than each contact individually (like grouping by Categories). Because of this, it is difficult to see (say) all the emails associated with a Project since, if you also add other Contacts to the emails, the groupings don’t come out as you would expect.

    Consider how Xobni could fix these problems with Outlook. With the appropriate fixes, Xobni could facilitate the use of GTD (Getting Things Done) principles in Outlook. That would be a big selling point for Xobni.

  20. 20 Chad O January 14, 2008 at 7:12 am

    I’d have to echo some of the sentiments from the others concerning the integrated yahoo! search. This should be able to be disabled along with the invite a friend stuff. I work in a corporate environment in security and this is the type of thing that my group would use as a reason to eliminate this software from our approved software list (which it’s not on yet). I understand that this is in beta, but configurability needs to be pretty robust in my opinion.

  21. 21 Mike L January 14, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Is there anyway to disable, the Invite screen?

  22. 22 chris January 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Small Bug: If you delete a calender which you have subscribed to, the upcoming appointmennts still appear on the right side.

  23. 23 Johnson January 15, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Hi there, I would appreciate if anyone can spare an invitation. My email: johnsonhkg@gmail.com

    Thank you in advance.

  24. 24 Mike L January 15, 2008 at 2:32 am

    I love this program, but I gotta admit that invite screen really bugs me, I feel like a SPAMMER or something and will never use it, has anybody found a way to disable it?

  25. 25 matt January 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Hi everyone,

    There is currently no way to disable to invite screen, except for sending 5 invitations. You can of course send these invitations to fake email addresses if you can’t think of friends who would enjoy trying Xobni. Future versions of Xobni will make disabling the invite screen possible.

    Thanks,
    Matt

  26. 26 patrick January 16, 2008 at 2:55 am

    when you put a straight line over the O it means “long O” as in BONE or GOAT. however in the video you pronounce it zawb-nee, which is a short O.

    this prominent, simple error does not inspire confidence in your product. (if you don’t get such details right, i will not install it.)

    peace out.

  27. 27 matt January 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Patrick,

    Thanks for injecting some humor into our blog. The mystery of the long “O” might never be solved.

    -matt

  28. 28 Dave January 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Just noted that 2603 is out, and now gives an option to disable the search on Yahoo. Love that.

    I replied in other messages, can we get some sort of release notes/version log? Thanks again!

  29. 29 Matt January 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve been using the beta for about a week now, and have posted my thoughts on my blog.

  30. 30 rogal January 19, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for the great tool. Will it be possible to make it automatically get the photos of people from OUTLOOK contacts? I have many contacts with pics so I do not want to do the adding twice. 🙂

  31. 31 Fred January 21, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Or the reverse would be good as well – can you access the Xobni pictures somewhere? I really like the Xobni quick cropping tool, and I’d like to copy the picture and paste it creates for a contact into my Outlook contact!

  32. 32 Templeton February 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Xobni-Team,
    how i come on a invitation code. I want to test your great looking tool.
    Thanks in advance
    Templeton

  33. 33 Jose Villeta February 9, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I get a “share email happiness” prompt on my side bar. I don’t have any friends and so there is no one to send them to. How do I get rid of it??

    Please get rid of it because Xobni makes me proud.

  34. 34 Pappy February 13, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Hey guys, I’ve been running Xobni since mid-November and un/reinstalled this morning (long story…).

    I had kind of hoped that upon reinstalling I’d be able to successfully click on the “Share email happiness – 5 invitations left!”, but for whatever reason, it’s totally unresponsive. It’s a minor thing that I certainly wouldn’t open a ticket over, but I’d live to send out some invites! Any thoughts?

  35. 35 Pappy February 13, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Dang it… “love” – “I’d *love* to send…”

  36. 36 Carlos February 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    can someone please invire me…I want to try this app out

    carlos@humantag.com

    thanks

  37. 37 mohan February 22, 2008 at 1:14 am

    hi,
    can somebody please send me invite. I am very interested to try Xobni. my mail id: mohan.achari@gmail.com

  38. 38 Randy February 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Can I please have an invite. I am dying to see this thing in action. I want to end my email hell!

  39. 39 Randy February 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    just realized i didn’t send email … staceyspyder [at] gmail.com

  40. 40 Cameron February 29, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Can I please get an invite. thanks

  41. 41 Garry March 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Hi,

    Would appreciate if i could have a invite – thanks in advance
    Realvirtually@GMail.com

  42. 42 irina August 9, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Что касается непосредственно, то мне кажется что ее актаульность будет известна только через какое-то время.

  43. 43 Айдар August 19, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Отличная статья, да и сам сайт я смотрю очень даже не плох. Попал сюда по поиску из Яндекса, занес в букмарки 🙂

  44. 44 unuppyhoumn September 2, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    hey 🙂
    its very interesting article.
    Nice post.
    realy good post

    thx 🙂

  45. 45 Arboleda June 13, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Можно и поспорить по этому вопросу, ведь только в споре проявляется истина. 🙂


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