Remember way back (and by that we mean mid-to-late ‘90s), when it was all about AOL? We fondly remember the handy “return receipt” feature in which you were notified when a fellow AOL’er received the email you sent. We’ve always wondered when someone would invent a free service enabling this feature for other email clients. The wait is over: go to DidTheyReadIt.com and sign up. Then, for every person you send a missive to, add “.DidTheyReadIt.com” (note that it starts with a dot) to the end of their email address in order to track it. And no, your
mom won’t see those words—or be aware the email is being tracked. Once your someone opens an email, you will be notified of when they opened it, how long they viewed it, and even where, geographically, it was read. Cool and useful, if slightly creepy in a Big-Brother-is-Watching sort of way. Note that it only works if you’re sending from a Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL or Mac email address.
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