Imagine the sugar coated coolness of clicking on the Mac’s Menubar to see a list of all the text message threads that you forgot to respond to. That’s what the app Unreplied does for Mac users and it works so well I want a similar version for Apple Mail and my iPhone. More on that in a moment.
Click. Thread. Respond.
For reasons that go beyond my ability to understand the intricacies of the human brain and social norms, text messaging is a big deal these days. Unlike email, many of us respond immediately to incoming text messages (which accounts for a few thousand traffic deaths each year). The problem is this– we have many text messages to respond to during the day, and we can’t always respond immediately, and then other messages arrive, and some threads just don’t make it back to the top of the stack right away.
Unreplied takes those unreplied text message threads and makes them visible in the Mac’s Menubar. It looks like this.
Unreplied simply grabs the text messages from Messages on your Mac, checks the messages for those recent threads that haven’t been replied to, and displays them in the Mac Menubar, visible with a click.
Preferences are straightforward and easy to understand. You get options to hide messages after a specific number of days, hide messages from people not in your Mac’s Contacts app, and display a specific number of characters for each message (easier to identify the conversation thread).
There isn’t much to not like here but there are a few caveats. You must have Messages running on your Mac, but it doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or not. Messages only receives and sends texts to other Messages users on Mac, iPhone, or iPad, but if you have an iPhone Unreplied can read standard SMS text messages sent to your Mac.
What I would like to see is something similar for Mail. Some email apps allow you to sort messages by thread and that’s handy, but if you forget to respond to an email message and it sifts downward in the email stack, it’s easy to forget to respond (despite the flags and markers in many email apps).
A Siri-based reminder that says, “Natalia, you have 12 email message threads that have not been given a response… would you like me to display them for you” would be cool.