Saturday, June 13, 2009

Idea: Webmail, read receipt?

Has there been a time, you sent out a blast email to 100's of your friends or colleagues (mostly to their personal id's - webmail) & wondering, who all read the email?

It seems to be a simple solution that Y!, GMail, Hotmails of the world can implement, by using the same concept as GoogleAnalytics does to keep count of people who have visited a website. Let me describe this in detail below... (hope GMail developers read this & implement :))

1. Every Y! or GMail user should have an ability to enter their GoogleAnalytics (or similar tracking software) code, that should report their email read metrics

2. Email Compose - should have an option, "Do you want to know, if the receipient read the email?" - this option can be chosen by users, who need it

3. Y! or GMail - read email web page (that displays the email), should use the GoogleAnalytics solution, with the senders code

4. GoogleAnalyics - Javascript code will take care of sending the reader analytics, that can be later analysed by the sender on his Google Analytics account.

Good idea... do comment, if you think was a stimulating thought!

-Bhaskara

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Aravind said...

The idea is good, though not new.

You may be aware that MS outlook already has an option to request read receipts, but the reader can decide whether to acknowledge your request or not.

Many email marketing companies are employing these techniques.

8:52 PM  
Blogger bhas4 said...

Yes, this exists in Outlook - but nothing for the WebMail. This would be on top recommendation from me to GMail.com or Y! mail.

-Bhaskara

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Miami said...

Good idea but Google does not want to offer it due to privacy policy but they do offer read receipt to paid business clients. :)

10:54 AM  

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