Turn your email conversations into a real-time chat

#5 Product of the DaySeptember 08, 2014
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Pete Cashmore
Pete CashmoreHunter@petecashmore · Founder, Mashable
Really cool way to set up an instant group chat. I like the separate pane for links so everyone can see what's being discussed.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt is rough around the edges but the concept is interesting and if @ivanNYC can make the email --> real-time chat transition seamless (for both regular users and those unfamiliar with the product), I think there's something here. Ivan - so many startups have tried to improve email (just search for "email" on Product Hunt and you'll see dozens of relatively new products). Why enter this graveyard? :)
Ivan Kayser
Ivan KayserMaker@ivannyc · Product strategy and design. @chatdotcc
@rrhoover - too often we go at problems trying to find a perfect solution which tend to come with overhead. We focussed on something with no barrier to entry. It works for everyone that has an email address (so everyone) on any device. It doesn't aim to revolutionize behavior just to make a common tool better. You are totally right though, lots have tried and failed. We took this on as an experiment in product market fit. 6 weeks to launch to see if it flies.
Ivan Kayser
Ivan KayserMaker@ivannyc · Product strategy and design. @chatdotcc
Hi PH, is a little experiment we made with @mxmcd to make email work better and harder without adding overhead, downloads, etc.
Andrew Condurache
Andrew Condurache@acondurache · Making, breaking, remaking
I like the idea behind this, would be interesting to see where this goes
Ivan Kayser
Ivan KayserMaker@ivannyc · Product strategy and design. @chatdotcc
Thanks @acondurache. @rrhoover is pushing for a chrome extension which is definitely top of the list. Besides rounding out the rough edges, we are also working on custom tools like a scheduling tool so you can pick a date with people you are chatting with, a little poll tool, etc.
Jon Lax
Jon Lax@jlax · Product Design Director Facebook
I really like the no friction approach to this app. This is something that a lot of apps could learn from. I am trying to figure out how it fits into my life wiht my plethora of messaging and chat applications. Between Gchat, Slack, Messenger, snapchat, Gmail's pseudo handling of email as chat plus others, finding the right moment to use is the big challenge for this product. @ivannyc where do you see this fitting into this world?
Ivan Kayser
Ivan KayserMaker@ivannyc · Product strategy and design. @chatdotcc
@jlax the hypothesis behind is that some users will never be able to commit to a new platform and will remain email-centric. This might be because they don't want to commit to a new workflow (or pay for a new platform) or because the people they interact with won't. Considering those users, we built a product that had to works for them: no barrier to entry, works with everyone, on every device.