Archive for February, 2010

Xobni featured in New York Times best seller “The 4-Hour Workweek” and dozens of other books

I was playing around with Google’s books search the other day, and I couldn’t help but search for Xobni. It happens that Xobni appears in dozens of books. Some we knew about, and other we never expected. We thought it’d be fun to share a few:

Linkedin For Dummies by Joel Elad
Xobni is a great tool for heavy email users, and even becomes more powerful if you use Xobni’s LinkedIn integration. LinkedIn For Dummies is a how-to book on how to get the most out of LinkedIn. Xobni is definitely a great way to get the most out of LinkedIn. Joel includes download instructions, features, and a lot more about Xobni in his book.

Upstarts!: How GenY Entrepreneuers are Rocking the World of Business by Donna Fenn.
In her book Donna talks about the features of Xobni’s Outlook product, but also tells the business story of how Xobni was founded, funded, and how it flourished.

Human Computer Interaction: New trends by Julie A. Jacko.
There are several academic books that reference Xobni and the new paradigms we introduced to email. It is quite an honor to be mentioned in academic work.

And finally, Xobni is featured in the New York Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek: Expanded and Updated by Tim Ferris. Here is a quote from the book:

“It [Xobni] offers many features, but the most relevant to this chapter is its ability to indentify “hotspots,” or periods of time when you receive the bulk of e-mail from your most important contacts. These “hotspots” are batching times that will enable you to keep critical contacts (clients, bosses, etc.) smiling even while you reduce checking e-mail to 1-3 times per day.”

We talk about many of Xobni’s features here on our blog, but we don’t often talk about the analytics engine that sits beneath the software. Tim has latched on to one way he suggests that his readers can use Xobni’s analytics features to work smarter, not harder.

We thought being in this many books was pretty cool, so we wanted to share. We’re honored.

Xobni 1.9: Improved Outlook 2010 Beta Compatibility, A New Way to Win Xobni Plus, and More

We’re proud to announce that Xobni 1.9.0 (build 9662) is now available. This version is strongly recommended for anyone using Outlook 2010 beta (32-bit), and anyone interested in putting the latest and greatest Xobni improvements to work! Download it now, or read more about the latest changes.

(All features mentioned below are new since version 1.8.5 build 9142):

Improved Outlook 2010 Beta Compatibility

  • The Xobni sidebar displays more reliably and consistently for various view configurations of Outlook 2010 beta (32-bit). Of course, we will fully support all versions of Outlook 2010 when Microsoft releases them for sale to the public.
  • Installer screen is now more informative when installing Xobni into Outlook 2010 (screenshot)

Note: If you have a 64-bit operating system, and would like to test Outlook 2010 beta + Xobni today, simply install the popular 32-bit version of Outlook 2010 beta and then install Xobni.

Brand New “Out of Box” Experience

  • If you install Xobni for the first time, you’ll see a new video display inside the sidebar (no more video pop-up). We’re really proud of it! See it in full size here.
  • If you’d like to share fun facts with your contacts, we now open a message for you to customize instead of sending the email right away.

Improved Invitations (the Heart Button)

New Xobni Invitations

(Just click the heart button at the bottom of Xobni to see these improvements)

  • Brand-new interface for inviting contacts to join Xobni, including photos and improved suggestions (based on Xobni Rank and whether they’ve sent you mail using Outlook)
  • Users will also randomly receive the chance to win Xobni Plus when they invite others.


Xobni Twitter Improvements

  • If signed in to the Twitter Extension, more data is shown about each Twitter name to help you choose the right one for your Xobni contacts — just hover over each name to see more information (you only need to do this once per contact).
  • Twitter feeds are checked more often (every two minutes)

Better Automatic Phone Number Extraction

  • Better recognition of phone numbers and fax numbers
  • Filtering out more conference call numbers and bridge lines
  • Productivity Enhancements

    Xobni Productivity Update

    • This may be a big time savings for many of our users: Now you can right-click on an email anywhere in Xobni to open that message in a new Outlook window (instead of clicking through to see it in detail in Xobni first).
    • Support for the “shift-delete”, “shift-insert,” and “control-insert” keyboard shortcuts for cut, paste, and copy in the Xobni search bar
    • The “Copy Email” command now copies the date of the email and everyone in the to: line.
    • Photos and job titles for your highest-ranked contacts are fetched as soon as you install Xobni (instead of waiting till you access their Xobni profiles)
    • Other minor bug fixes and performance improvements

    Whew! Please continue to let us know how we can keep improving your productivity through the Xobni Community, and thank you to everyone who participated in the topics that helped inform today’s update.

    General info: After you download, you will be prompted to close Outlook and the new Xobni version will be installed. All of your data (merges, contact information entries) will be maintained, no matter what version you are using currently.

    If you have already purchased Xobni Plus, this download will simply update your software. You will not need to sign in again and no extra fee is required.

    Thanks for using Xobni!

    Download the Latest Xobni Now

Share the Xobni Love…

xobni_valentinecardValentine’s Day is upon us and we’re doing a giveaway to those we love most – our customers.  <blush>

Tweet about your love for Xobni and enter to be one of the 14 winners to receive two Xobni Plus licenses – one for you and one for your Valentine (or anyone you think would love Xobni as much as you do).

To enter, simply go to this page and click the “post to twitter” button.  Winners will be randomly selected this week, finishing up on the big day of love.

Xobni for BlackBerry alpha

Xobni for BlackBerry Screenshot

Hey there friends and fans of BlackBerry!

We just wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with the Xobni for Blackberry product as well as some exciting news. We really appreciate the excitement and anticipation for the product and can’t wait to share it with you!

So what’s the good news? The good news is that we’re in alpha and really close to having a truly compelling Xobni for BlackBerry product. We need your help! We’ve got the product built and we’re all using it internally (and loving it).

To help move this process along, we’re looking for some of our most passionate Xobni friends to dive in and take it for a spin.

If you’re up for the alpha, please send us an email. Don’t forget to put BlackBerry alpha in the subject field and then tell us what model BlackBerry you have and whether or not you use Xobni for Outlook.

While we may not be able to include everyone in the alpha, we’ll sure try.

Disclaimer: IT IS an alpha. We’ve done a pretty good job buttoning up our product but we certainly expect some bumps in the road as we scale, so make sure you can tolerate some (hopefully small) hiccups if you want to participate. Thanks in advance for your help! We’re committed to reinventing the address book for smartphones and are one step closer today.

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Xobni’s contact management products offer lightning fast email search and organization of your inbox, as well as an innovative and comprehensive address book for the mobile device.


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