Just picked up this tweet conversation from some colleagues of mine and I wanted to add my own notes:

The obvious disadvantage to this is that you can miss something that might really need your attention if it comes from a specific person. (We have a good amount of emails at work that are automated for various reasons and actually use it quite sparingly to actually tak to each other.)

So I have some rules set up in Postbox that will shift emails that come from specific colleagues from my work email to my personal email—this assures that I receive it in the personal box and it gets taken care of.

I just leave one copy of Postbox running 24/7 and only put sort rules into that copy of the app. It even works when I am travelling or in another situation where I will not be able to feasibly check my work email with any efficiency. If I come up with a new sort rule that should be added, I drop myself a Things task to add it and it comes up in my morning task review.

This has freed me from putting my work email on my iPhone or iPad and leaving those devices only for my personal account.

The Sparrow blog:

We’re excited to announce that Sparrow has been acquired by Google!

We care a lot about how people communicate, and we did our best to provide you with the most intuitive and pleasurable mailing experience.

Why does that last sentence sound like they failed at it or are giving up?

We’d like to extend a special thanks to all of our users who have supported us, advised us, given us priceless feedback and allowed us to build a better mail application. While we’ll be working on new things at Google, we will continue to make Sparrow available and provide support for our users.

We had an amazing ride and can’t thank you enough.

Translation: We won’t be adding any features to the app, so you can forget about bottom-posting or any other feature requests. Might not even be pushing bug fixes.


If you are looking for a new mail client, I can recommend and use Postbox. Made by part of the original Thunderbird team, has support for Gravatars, does bottom-posting with selective quotes, does cool things with Gmail, has a great Inbox Zero flow.

I can only hope they do an iOS email client as well someday.