TGIF – Boomerang

Email is a huge part of our professional lives.  How do we get some control over it?  What if you wanted to send an email later at a specified time?  What if you wanted a follow up reminder?  What if you wanted to be reminded if someone has not responded to your email?  What if you wanted a gauge to know if an email is written in such a way that it is respondable?

I sent this email at 11:40am today.  Do you know how I know that?  I scheduled that email to be sent at that time using a tool for Gmail called Boomerang.  Boomerang is a browser extension that works with the following browsers:

  • Firefox 38+
  • Chrome 5.0+
  • Safari 5.1+
  • Opera 15+
  • Edge 39+

It works with Gmail and G Suite (Google Apps, like our HUSD accounts) email.

Boomerang can help you with your email management.
  • You can send an email at a specified time (I have used this feature for this email and for emails about PD information in the past).
  • You can flag an email to deal with it later.
  • You can flag an email to get a reminder if someone has not responded in a set amount of time.
  • You can get a score to gauge if an email is written in such a way that it will generate a response.  Boomerang takes into account email properties like subject length, word count, question count, and reading level to generate the score.

There is a free account.  The free account lets you flag 10 emails a month.  I use this tool some and have never come close to that limit, but power users might run into that limit often.


Was this useful?  Was this a waste of time?  Would you like more information?  Would you like to never hear from me again?  Don’t hesitate to give me feedback.  I know your time is precious… and I hope to send out value-added content instead of dang-that-is-five-minutes-of-my-time-that-I-can-never-get-back content.

Happy Friday.

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