Elizabeth Montalbano at PCWorld:
Microsoft’s research arm today released a free tool to help users slog through e-mail messages in their inbox in the order of importance, according to one of the researchers who developed the software.
Created within Microsoft Research, the Social Relationship and Network Finder, or SNARF, is an application that uses the same database as a user’s e-mail client to count the number of times users send and receive messages from people, says A.J. Brush, a researcher in the community technologies group at Microsoft Research.
Calling this kind of e-mail triage process “social sorting,” researchers worked with graduate students, at least one of whom is studying sociology, to come up with the tool so that it will help users prioritize the e-mail in their inbox based on how often they send and receive messages from contacts, she says.
More by following the link. You can download SNARF here:
SNARF requires Microsoft Outlook (2003, 2002) as a MAPI source. It has been tested with Exchange and MAPI servers, Hotmail, POP, IMAP, and the OL Connector for Lotus Notes.