Threadsy puts your email and social media in one interface
Threadsy is an interesting new approach to managing all of your inboxes at once. It's a newly launched beta product that connects to your email provider and social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, and presents everything in a unified interface.
The Threadsy interface consists of two panes. The Inbound pane on the left is the primary pane, and it's essentially your inbox for incoming messages. Email that's in your inbox shows up here, along with messages from Facebook, and direct messages and mentions from Twitter. The Streams pane on the right shows you all the status updates from your social networks.
The app does a nice job of trying to tie together your contacts' accounts, so that when you're viewing a Facebook message from someone, you see their Facebook and Twitter updates in the pane on the right. Theoretically this can give you more context about the person you're communicating with, but often it's just visual clutter.
For me, Threadsy is a very well done and valiant effort at bringing together all of your inboxes into one interface. Unfortunately, for me email is still king, and my demands for email functionality are extremely high. Threadsy would have to be better at email than Gmail to make me even consider switching. I suppose that's still possible, since Threadsy is brand new in beta, and updates are likely to come.
Until then, I might just remove my email account and use Threadsy for monitoring Facebook and Twitter.