Everyone who uses email regularly has wished that a message could be queued up to send at a set time in the future. Say you want to wish a friend a happy birthday next Tuesday. You could save a message in your Drafts folder – and hope that you remember to send it out on time. That’s just too easy to forget – and the last thing you need is to add another item to your to-do list. What to do? Well, if you are a Gmail or Google Apps user, you can schedule messages to be sent at any time/date in the future with a browser plugin called Boomerang.
Boomerang for Gmail is a plugin for Firefox and Chrome that adds a “Boomerang – Send Later” button to your Gmail or Google Apps message compose screen. Simply save your message, then click “Send Later” – you can use relative times like “in two hours” or choose a specific time and date. When the time arises, the message goes – without any additional work on your part.
In addition to scheduling messages, Boomerang can track if you get a reply to any message you send – and prompt you to follow up after a set interval. Example: you send a contract to a new client to sign. Then, you set Boomerang to remind you if you don’t hear back from the client after the selected number of days or hours. Once the time passes and you haven’t received a reply, Boomerang will remind you – a great way to maintain timely follow ups with colleagues and prospects.
You can also use Boomerang to remove a received message from your inbox for a set period of time, then redeliver it to your inbox a time of your choosing: starred, unread and at the top of your message list (just like new!). This is a great feature if you need to get back to someone, and just aren’t prepared to respond immediately… the “boomerang” reminds you to reply to the message at a better time.
Boomerang is free – but you can opt to be a “fan” for as little as $12.00. They also have a plugin for MS Outlook users, if you are not totally “on the cloud” just yet.
Check out Boomerang’s demo video…