HackREGINA Fall 2013 API Sponsor – Context.IO

Context.IO is a REST API that makes it fast and easy to work with your user’s email data.

Why would you want to work with email data? Consider this… There’s over 3 billion inboxes with years of data in them and over 250 billion emails are sent daily. A lot of people use email!

It’s tricky working directly with email servers for a number of reasons. First, servers can be configured in inconsistent ways causing major headaches. The email protocols were designed to be used with a standalone email client, not a web app, and are lacking.

Context.IO solves all these problems for you and exposes email data in an easy-to-use REST format. There’s 5 main resources that you can use… Messages, Threads, Files, Contacts, and Webhooks.

You can probably guess what the first 4 are… let me explain webhooks. Webhooks are rule-based notifications that are pushed to your app. You can be notified when a message with a certain subject arrives, when a message switches folders, or simply get notified about any incoming mail.

There’s tons of different kinds of apps and features you can build on top of an inbox.

  • Social features: Email is the biggest social network, make it smarter. You can use our contacts resource to easily see a user’s strongest connections, who they email the most.
  • Email productivity apps: People spend hours per day in their email client, trying to manage their inbox. You can build an app to help them manage that. Maybe you can aggregate emails and display the data in different format.
  • CRM – Use a webhook to watch an inbox and update your app automatically whenever a user communicates with someone in the CRM software. No more forwarding or bcc’ing the app.
  • User preferences: Find out what your users like by looking for emails from mailing lists or receipts. This could inform a recommendation engine, or help you introduce your users with like interests to each other.
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15 Aug 2013, 10:25am
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