Six new features

It’s been a while. We’ve been hard at work on new features for you! Here are six of them:

The “Shortmail Me” widget

Now, in addition to publishing your address on your site, you can include a nifty widget to allow anyone to just click and send you a message!

To add the widget to your site, just follow these instructions. See Vimoh’s Blog and The World is Not Ready for two good examples of Shortmail enthusiasts who’ve already replaced their Contact Me pages with Shortmail Me buttons. Thanks Vimoh and Jaison!

The Shortmail beta tester option

To join us in beta testing Shortmail’s latest, go to Account > Advanced, and click “Opt In.” As you try out beta features, please speak up publicly in our feedback forum or privately at There might be a Shortmail T-shirt in it for you!

Shortmail now supports a subset of Markdown!

What is Markdown? It’s an easy way to add bold, italics, and bullets to your emails:

Bold – Use *asterisks* before and after any word

Italics – Place _underscores_ before and after any word

Inline code – Place a `backtick`, before and after some text


  • Requires a blank line before and after
  • Start each line with an asterisk

Indented code block

Also requires a blank line before and after
Start each line with four spaces

“Open” public conversations

A few months ago Shortmail introduced public conversations. Those are conversations that can be viewed by the public, even though only the author and recipients of the Shortmail can post replies. Open Conversations open that up; they are public conversations that allow anyone to add a reply (provided they’ve claimed their Shortmail account).

To start an open conversation, just select “open” when composing a Shortmail. A clear reminder that the conversation is both public and open will accompany each message.

Join our first open conversation to learn more on how it works.

New-message alerts on Twitter

You can now use Twitter to notify recipients of new shortmails from you. When composing a Shortmail, check the box that reads “Let me choose which recipients to notify on Twitter.” Each recipient you select will receive a Twitter @mention from you reminding them of their Shortmail.


Shortmail now automatically shortens long URLs to help keep your email elegant and under 500-characters. When reading your messages on, the original url can be seen when you hover your mouse over the link.
Let us know what you think of any or all of these new features. And if you like what you see, please vote for 410 Labs for the “Hottest Tech in Town” award from the Greater Baltimore Tech Council. Thanks!
A parting tip: Shortmail automatically mirrors your Twitter timezone settings. If you’re seeing strange timestamps in your Shortmails, be sure to double-check and change your Twitter settings as necessary, and then sign out and back in to Shortmail. Hope that helps.

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