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Shortmail For iPhone Helps Limit The Length Of Sent/Received Mail

Spam is an issue which constantly plagues anyone who uses an email account. Apart from messages from unknown senders, you might get legitimate yet unnecessarily long mails from your contacts too. To encounter this info glut, we really need something like Shortmail, a service that has been around for quite a while. Shortmail forces conciseness in emails by limiting the character count to 500 for each message. Now, this useful service has launched its iPhone app as well.

Shortmail for iOS Shortmail for iOS Inbox

Shortmail requires you to sign up with your Twitter account. Shortmail only allows you to write mails up to 500 characters long. Similarly, you won’t receive mails longer than the character limit. If someone tries to send you a mail longer than 500 characters from some other mailing service, the following message will automatically be sent to them:

“Hey, your message is too long for Shortmail!
At Shortmail, we limit all messages to 500 characters to keep email simple. Your message to Your Name” <youruserid@shortmail.com> is 1744 characters long, which is just 1244 characters too big.

Your message can still get delivered – just edit it and send it on its way. Keep it under 500 characters this time, ok? Thanks!”

Shortmail for iOS Message Shortmail for iOS Compose

You will have a Shortmail specific user ID and a separate inbox inside the app for your received mail. The interface is pretty neat and extremely simple to use.

The app is available for free in the iTunes App Store. Link to its App Store page is provided below.

Download Shortmail

[via TechCrunch]


  1. The immature and short-sighted movement in the world to SHORTNESS is vexing.  It’s a frightening situation in which so many, now, in said world — mostly young people, as nearly as I can tell — insist on everything they either read or write be SHORT. They insist on their news in sound bites or USA Today (newspaper) style brevity, and so they miss-out on so, so, so much important detail. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Things around us are just too complex — not necessarily complicated, but at least complex — to be covered in 500 characters or less; and I have no patience for, nor tolerance of, those who stupidly insist that it can be. All it’s doing is helping to create a society of young people who have breadth of knowledge, but both no depth, nor tolerance for it. Multi-tasking has already done untold harm in that area.

    I, for one, am now going to create a filter in my email software which sends messages from ShortMail straight to my trash folder, with an auto-responder which explains, in 500 characters or less, of course, that that’s where the email went, and why; and which invites the sender to either re-send using regular email which does not stupidly and arrogantly limit the length of responses, or they simply may not communicate with me. Period.

    What a terrible idea is this stupid ShortMail app…

    …but no surprise, it is, that some ignorantly detail-phobic IOS/Mac user thought it up!

    [sigh] Mac users: Can’t live WITH ’em, can’t KILL ’em. [grin] (just kiddin’ around)

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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