Oddpost is a pay-for
application. This design concept minimizes the amount of data that is sent
and sending "Datapacks" instead of reloading the whole interface on every click
like a traditional webmail service (Hotmail, Yahoo!). This
makes the service much faster than its counterparts.
Oddpost also has the design philosophy of making the interface invisible. All
inessential non-data is eliminated from the interface. Unread message headers
are Bolded, so there is no need for an unread message icon next to each message,
Sub folders are indented under the parent, so there is no need for a little ant
trail connecting each folder.
Excerpt from a 2003 interview with Ethan Diamond, the President and co-founder of Oddpost about this minimalist
- "This data-centric approach may sound painfully obvious, but consider
that at 1024×768 (the most common resolution on the web), only about 30% of
Yahoo! Mail’s inbox screen is devoted to your mail. The remaining 70% is
not, as you might expect, all devoted to advertising. In fact, ads only
account for about 10% of the screen real estate, and the remaining 60% is
consumed by navigation, dead space and administrative debris."
Google made use of these ideas extensively in Gmail.
Oddpost is also known for its humorous blog entries about
feature additions, bug fixes, and all random musings about Oddpost.
Oddpost was purchased by
July 9, 2004 to add its
Mail service the ability to mimic a desktop mail application which is faster
than HTML based model. On September 14, 2005
Mail started letting some users register to beta test the new
Mail web client.
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