What can you do if you send an email to someone and need to make sure that they answer it? One solution is a free website that will send a followup reminder on any email that you send, it is called FollowupThen.com and is available here.
How it works
The premise to FollowUpThen is that you need to send an email to followupthen.com with the time interval that you want the followup to be. For example, the following are valid email addresses:
Sending followup emails to others
There are two ways to create a followup message, you can send an email to FollowUpThen in either the CC field or the BCC field. The differences are (from the FollowUpThen website):
Both you and your recipient will receive a followup if they have not replied within the time interval you specify. (Note: Your recipient has to “reply all” to include followupthen on their response for us to know about it).
Your recipient never knows about followupthen. You are the only one that will get the followup.
(This is good for something like a sales followup call. You can mark to get a reminder say 3 months in the future.)
The originating email
Your copy of the followup (if you used the CC field):
The recipient’s copy of the followup:
Sending a reminder to yourself
If you send an email to FollowUpThen with a time interval, the site will send you a reminder email at that time.
For example, if you create this email with a To address of email@example.com:
It will send the following reminder:
What about privacy?
Since you are forwarding your emails through to another site, privacy can be a valid concern. Here is what the company says in their documentation:
We don’t share your information with 3rd parties. (And no, we are not spammers) We automatically delete your email contents once the followup has been sent, as well as your recipient’s email address. Also, your data is stored in an encoded format in our database so is not viewable in plain text to our system admins. Read more about the company behind followupthen here: http://www.followupthen.com/about
Get a list of pending followups
If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your email address, you will get a list of pending followup messages, along with a way to cancel any of them.
If you click on the link, you will be sent to their website
One problem – verifying your email address
Despite the site saying I didn’t have to, it did send me the following email and made me verify my email address. Until I did, I was getting error messages from FollowUpThen saying that they couldn’t send the emails. Once I confirmed my email, then everything went smoothly. So if you want to use this initially for followups that are only an hour or two out, you may want to wait until you get a confirmed email address.