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Boxcar.io

Personal Online Message Service


Tiny
Published 04/05/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Boxcar.io is a social messaging service that lets users access their messages anytime from any place. Users can connect to their Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds and access all recent messages in one place. The service includes a number of addons. Users can apply the Appointron to receive reminders for upcoming appointments and set up their schedule through a blog or website. The CurdBee addon notifies users when an invoice is viewed or paid. WhoReadMe is an email tracker that lets the user know when an email message is read, how long it was viewed and what browser and operating system was used. Uptime Robot shows the user when their websites go down. Users can monitor up to 50 sites at a time.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Boxcar.io was founded in June of 2009 by Jonathan George. The application is mentioned on many websites, which note that it has an addicting quality to it. Users will love being able to access messages at any time without logging into individual accounts. The addon options make Boxcar.io even more attractive to many users by adding specialized services, such as an invoice tracker, email tracker and integration with popular services like FourSquare and Google Voice.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many applications offer users ways to access messages, emails and status updates. Boxcar.io is appealing because it packages everything up in one place and even offers a list of attractive addon features that increase functionality. Professionals can track invoices, see when they are paid and read or when a quote has been accepted. Emails can be monitored with operating system and browser data returned. Fun addons, such as a daily fortune, are also available.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Boxcar.io doesn’t break any barriers in terms of visual appeal, but the application manages to look good. The interface contains a variety of textures, from smooth solid bars to wood grain backgrounds. The effect has a warm, cozy feel to it that invites the user to give the service a try. There are no obstacles and the user can easily navigate without encountering distractions. Boxcar.io gives users a warm, welcoming place to manage messages.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Boxcar.io account by clicking the red “Join Boxcar” button found near the center of the homepage. The registration form on the next page asks for an email address and password. A check box below the form is automatically selected to sign the user up for updates. The user must uncheck this to opt out of email updates. The user is automatically signed in after submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Boxcar.io invites anyone to try its service for free. There are no subscription fees and the user receives access to all features as well as an admirable list of addons. Each addon is also offered for free, which is definitely a good thing. Users can customize their Boxcar.io experience without having to pay for the ability to pick and choose features. Some features may require a third party account, but most of these are also free and have nothing to do with Boxcar.io itself.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Boxcar.io is ideal for anyone who accesses many messages each day. The application provides users with a huge list of addon options that lets the user customize the functionality of their account. The service is very simple to understand and can work for casual users as well as professionals. There is no fee, which makes Boxcar.io even more appealing to the average internet user.

  • Connect to Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds
  • Access recent updates in one place at any time
  • Choose from a wide range of handy addons
  • Monitor emails to see when they are read and for how long
  • Mobile apps are available for additional access


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