SNARF: A New Way To Order Email

Not to be confused with the former nursemaid of Lion-O.

We receive so much email these days that how we order it all has become a genuine concern. Whether grouped by contact or date, subject or size not one seems to provide quite the intimacy we’re looking for. Could SNARF be the answer?


SNARF (not the scaredy sidekick of the Thundercats) stands for Social Network and Relationship Finder and it prioritises mail based on the strength of the relationship between yourself and each contact in your inbox. Essentially, emails from your friends or work colleagues will show up ahead of emails from strangers and companies. Very clever.

It works using its own installed UI which is designed to give a quick overview of unread mail listing it via importance which it automatically collates from metadata such as ‘number of emails sent in the last month’. In addition a user can also instruct it to prioritise emails from specific senders. Currently a development programme from Microsoft itself, SNARF requires Outlook 2002 or above to run. It works on Exchange and MAPI servers, Hotmail, POP, IMAP and OL Connector for Lotus Notes but it isn’t on speaking terms with Outlook Express.

So if you deal with masses of email each day and spend half your time finishing around for the mails you actually want to read SNARF could be a big help. Download it from the link below, but just remember it doesn’t come with a loyal band of half feline superheroes.


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