MailBots Is Turning Into FollowUpThen Skills

Good by for now, MailBots! 👋🤖

Reilly Sweetland
Sep 26, 2019 · 3 min read

After many conversations, experiments and prototypes, we decided to put MailBots on hold and repurpose our work into a powerful, extensible version of our original product, FollowUpThen.


FollowUpThen v3

Many of you MailBots developers are FollowUpThen users already. If you are not, think of it as a universal command line to your future inbox. This becomes very powerful with autocomplete.

It, of course, works everywhere — it’s just an email address. Based on our usage patterns, once you start using it regularly, you are likely to keep using it for a long time.

FollowUpThen v3 (yet to be released) incorporates many of the advancements from our work on MailBots, but in a streamlined and simplified way.

Skills: More Than A Reminder

The new FollowUpThen will allow you to receive more than just an email in your inbox. You will get everything needed to get something done right at the perfect moment to actually do it.

Skills add the equivalent of command line “flags” to the date format. They can also cause a followup to trigger based on an external event (GitHub issue created, etc). Flags are already in limited use. For example:

The new skills framework will allow you to add your own flags that invoke their own actions during creation, or followup. You can publish them, share them within your company or with others.

Your Feedback

I have thoroughly enjoyed the conversations I’ve had with many of you about email productivity, “purely email-based apps” and product development in general. All of these helped to shape this important decision for us.

If you have an idea you wanted to build with MailBots, you may still be able to build it using this the new FollowUpThen Skills API. We’re happy to chat about your idea.

If you have any questions, input or thoughts please just hit reply. These messages go straight to me and I would genuinely love to hear from you.

All the best,

Reilly Sweetland
Founder | FollowUpThen and MailBots (YC 2017)


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Founder of Gopher (YC S17), FollowUpThen, Internet Simplicity (acq 2016), TypeRoom. Productivity enthusiast, autodidact, hacker, nutritionist, husband, dad.


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