social network triage for email

I often find that I don’t have time to read all the new emails in my inbox at a particular moment or on a particular day. Sometimes emails end up sitting, unread, in my inbox for a few days before I get the chance to read them. 

To help outlook users automate this process, on Friday Microsoft Research released SNARF, a plug-in that uses "email triage" to determine how important an email is based upon their sender.

"SNARF handles the flow of email messages bas built around the notion that social network information that is already available to the computer system can be usefully reflected to the user: a message from a manager might be seen differently than a message from a stranger, for example."

At least if you use it you can blame the software when you don’t get around to replying to an email.