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Email Extension Xobni Tracks Your Email Respose Times and Contact Relationships

Xobni: Big Brother, or Useful Email Tool?

What would you say to an add-on for your email client that would track what times you read your emails at, what time your co-workers read their emails from you, the time of day you liked to compose emails, and how long it takes you to reply? And then have all that info given to your boss and co-workers?

Because to me, it sounds a little like 1984. This is what Outlook extension Xobni promises to do. By piggybacking on your email application, Xobni is an investigative, analytical little bugger that makes me kind of nervous (Oy, remember Beacon?). There are certainly useful tools from Xobni, too; when you get an email from a contact, your email history with them will pop up, as well as their contact info and LinkedIn profile. Xobni also stresses that you must opt-in for their service to analyze your email habits.

Still, I'm a little wary of something tracking my every email move. What's your take?


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