ToneCheck Your Messages

Here is a useful tool that checks your outgoing email messages for potentially negatively implied tones of “voice” and emotion.  One of the down sides of this free product is that is only works with Window’s Outlook Express version.  If you use anything other than Outlook Express, such as Gmail or Thunderbird, you are out of luck.

Another thing I noticed is that while this software can identify emotional language, the overall process has a number of steps that users have to click through.  It would be nice to reduce the number of steps or clicks one needs to use for this product.  Ideally, this software could offer alternative phrases, which would could replace existing text at a click of a button, but this would be very tricky and technical to figure out.  Perhaps subsequent releases will incorporate something like this down the road.

Studies show e-mail messages are interpreted incorrectly 50% of the time.* ToneCheck™ is an e-mail plug-in that flags sentences with words or phrases that may convey unintended emotion or tone, then helps you re-write them. Just like Spell Check… but for Tone.

E-mail lives forever. Prevent flame wars and litigation with ToneCheck™ by Lymbix.

*Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2006


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 22, 2010, in Tech Toys and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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