Last Updated: March 24, 2012 2

What Is Shortmail and How Does It Work?

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Shortmail is a mail provider but with a difference. Shortmail combats the problems of regular mail services (poor organisation, too much trash, treating people like machines, trying to be everything at once, sharing your email address and making the process of talking with new people scary) by putting word limits on their emails. Hence the name “Shortmail”. One of the reasons for this is that people have become used to writing short posts and messages in frameworks like Twitter. According to the Shortmail website there are also a variety of other reasons why short messages are better:

  • “Limiting messages to 500 characters puts the burden of conciseness onto senders
  • Spam is almost entirely eliminated at the root
  • We can present email in a more conversational format
  • We can store a nearly unlimited number of messages for our users
  • Email data becomes more structured”

This makes it easier to correspond with real people, not just machines and marketers, and your messages will be organised around these real people who you are communicating with. Overall Shortmail can help you to maintain better relationships.

Signing up for Shortmail: the two methods

Considering all of the advantages I am sure you want to sign up for Shortmail right away. Here are some steps for you to follow:

Sign in with Twitter – the recommended option for using Shortmail

  • The first step is to go to the Shortmail homepage which can be found at http://shortmail.com/. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Towards the bottom of the screen is a big blue button which says “Claim your Shortmail address.
  • When you hover your mouse over this button you are given the option to use your Twitter name or to use any name. Click on the first option. Then you will be taken to the next page which is a form that you will have to fill in.
  • Type in your Twitter username or email and your password. This will allow Shortmail to read Tweets from your timeline, see who you follow, and follow new people, update your profile, post Tweets for you. Shortmail will not be able to access your direct messages or see your Twitter password.
  • Click on the button to confirm your account registration. Remember that by doing this you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • You will then be logged in to your account and you will be able to start mailing!

Sign in without Twitter

  • The first step is to go to the Shortmail homepage which can be found at http://shortmail.com/. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Towards the bottom of the screen is a big blue button which says “Claim your Shortmail address.
  • When you hover your mouse over this button you are given the option to use your Twitter name or to use any name. Click on the second option. Then you will be taken to the next page which is a form that you will have to fill in.
  • You will have to select an email address @shortmail.me. Have something in mind before you start. In fact, if possible, have more than one option in mind so that you have some leeway if your first choice is already taken. Because it is an email address it has to be original if you want people to reliably send you mail.
  • Type in your Full Name, which will be sent out with every Shortmail that you send once you are a registered user.
  • Choose a password and confirm it. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully.
  • Provide an alternate contact email. Your email address is needed so that you will be able to access your account if you ever forget your password.
  • Click on the button to confirm your account registration. Remember that by doing this you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • You will then be logged in to your account and you will be able to start mailing!

Shortmail FAQ

  • Even though your Shortmail account can be bound to your Twitter account, don’t worry. You can still send Shortmail messages to anyone who has any kind of email address.
  • The message length is limited to 500 characters.
  • You cannot send attachments with Shortmail.
  • It is the perfect public-facing email address.
  • You can use Shortmail with iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devices that support IMAP.
  • You can integrate Shortmail into your desktop email account and your Gmail account.
  • If someone sends you an email that is to long they will receive an automated response prompting them to rewrite the email until it is well within the 500 character limit. You can also check these emails by going to “Quarantine.
  • Shortmail is a lot more social than other email accounts. You can use things like “Public Conversation” to socialise with others.

Signing up for a Shortmail email address is easy! You will find that using this innovative new email provider is just as easy once you get started. Unlike other email clients you can now use Shortmail in order to socialise and not simply as an email address. There are so many advantages to using this great service, and, on top of that, it is completely free. This means that you can’t lose anything by signing up for a free account today. Give it a try and see whether or not you approve of the Shortmail email provider.