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Raindrop Makes Communication Easier to Manage

Raindrop - Mozilla's Perfect Messanger?

Over the weekend I started checking out the newest project out of the Mozilla Labs, Raindrop.  To some it might sound a little like Google Wave – however it offers much more, and is also much easier to wrap your mind around. 

Here is more about the program, in a nutshell, from the developers:

When a friend’s link from YouTube or flickr arrives, your messaging client should be able to show the video or photos near or as part of the message, rather than rudely kicking you over to a separate browser tab. Notifications from computers and mailing lists should be organized for you, not clutter your Inbox or require tedious manual filter setup. It should be easy to smoothly integrate new web services into your conversation viewer entirely using open web technologies.

I am all about the “making things easier to manage” so I eagerly anticipate learning more about what Mozilla has planned for this service.  If you want to learn more about the fundamentals of Raindrop, watch this video:

Raindrop UX Design and Demo from Mozilla Messaging on Vimeo.

What do you think?  Are you excited, or does it look like another web trend that is doomed to trip over itself?  Leave a comment and let me know how excited you are about Raindrop.

What is Snowl?

What is Mozilla Snowl? Well, it is defined by Mozilla Labs as, “An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser”.  They launched this new side project yesterday, and I do have to say – like most things they do – Snowl looks very interesting.

Think of it as mixing the web browsing of Firefox with an instant messenger.  This way you always have your close connections at your fingertips while your out on the Web.  The future roadmap for Snowl looks to deliver:

  • support for additional message sources, e.g. Facebook, AIM, Google Talk, etc.;
  • an interface for writing and sending messages to enable true two-way conversations;
  • an API to make it easier for developers to build new experimental interfaces, e.g. an instant message view.

They have also released a couple of screenshots of the project as it looks now:

list-view river-view-small

Are you excited yet, or is it still too early to tell?  Personally, it does look exciting and there is no doubt in my mind if anybody was to do it right, it would be Mozilla for sure.