As people use more communication tools on the web, there are a number of startups trying to help them manage all the options at their disposal from a single location. The latest is Threadsy, which just launched at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco.
Threadsy allows you to view your webmail accounts and your social networking accounts all on its site. It divides the messages into two columns — inbound, which are messages directed at you, and unbound, which includes information not aimed specifically at you from your news feeds on various other sites. For example, the inbound column would include all the messages on Twitter that were sent to you via direct message or using the “@” symbol, while the unbound column would feature your general Twitter feed.
That means you never miss a message because it was sent to a social network or account that you don’t check often, and you never have to wonder which account a message was sent to, because you see all of them in one stream, tagged with the service they were sent through.
Threadsy also features profiles of everyone you’re communicating with, regardless of whether they’re Threadsy users. These profiles are populated with data from more than 40 social networks, and can be used to track what your friends have been up to, or to learn about a new contact for the first time.
The expert panel seemed excited about the product, especially Robert Scoble, a famously heavy user of social networks. But they wondered whether there are enough users to need this tool. I also wonder whether Threadsy does enough to help you navigate your many message threads. My email inbox is overwhelming enough.