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  1. Information about our services

    Have you ever wondered if your email got through?
    Well now you can find out.

    • What is it?
      ReadNotify is a service to tell you when mail you've sent gets read. No downloads or plugins are needed because it works with just about everyone's existing email.

    • Does ReadNotify do anything else?
      Yes- lots: If your email is forwarded to someone else, we can usually tell you this as well.  In many cases, we can tell you how long your recipient actually spent reading your mail, and how many times they opened it and re-read it as well.  If your email gets published somewhere without your knowledge, you can usually find this out, and where.

    • How does it work.
      After typing your email, but before clicking send, add ".readnotify.com" onto the end of your recipient's email address: for example - drakecn@yahoo.com.readnotify.com   This directs your email to pass through our servers where we assign it a tracking code.  When your email gets read, the tracking code comes back to our server with the date and time, so we can let you know it that it got there.

    • How do you tell me when it got there.
      You can log in to our web site where you can view a list of your sent emails and the details about when they were read.
      Optionally, we can email you this information so you find out the next time you check your email.
      Additionally, for urgent messages you can elect to receive an SMS alert on your cell phone or pager the moment your email is opened.
      Additional features are being added all the time. Please use our feedback form if you have specific suggestions.

    • How much does ReadNotify cost.
      Please visit our payment page for our current prices.
      Personal friends of ReadNotify.com employees may be eligible for free membership, as may anyone who can offer worthwhile support which helps us.  Please use our feedback form if you think you fall into this category.
      * please read our acceptable use policy.
      * prices are in US Dollars, but may vary slightly due to international currency rate fluctuations.

    • My email software has "Return Receipts" - why should I still use ReadNotify?
      "Return Receipts" almost never work.  The vast majority of all email software and users in the world do not support Return Receipts.  The few that do have usually disabled these by default.  In the rare case that you send mail to someone who can support Return Receipts, they get prompted with a rude and intrusive message asking them to tell you that they read your mail, with the default action suggesting they cancel the notification.
      With ReadNotify - you get to choose how or if your recipient gets prompted to let you know they read your mail.  The default action which you can change at any time is to always tell you when they have, and to let them know you asked.  We even support traditional Return Receipts if you want to use them.

    • What are "Message Disposition Notifications" MDNs
      Another word for Return Receipts (see above)

    • What are "Delivery Service Notifications" DSNs
      This is a feature some mail servers support which lets you know when your email arrived in the mailbox of your recipient.  They give no indication whether or not a message will be opened or even downloaded - just that it got delivered (or not).  If you've ever sent a message to a wrong address and had it "bounce" back to you - this is an example of a DSN.

    • Do you read my email.
      No, never  -  See our privacy statement.

    • Is my email address safe with you? Will I get spammed?
      Your email is completely safe.  We never send, allow, or support any spam of any kind, and we never give out our email lists for any reason.  See our privacy statement and our terms of service for full reassurance.

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  2. Options available to users

    Individual ReadNotify users can:-
    • Select any number of different email aliases to use with the Service.

    • Choose to receive Read Notifications:
      • by Email;
        • the moment an email is first opened, or
        • the moment an email that was opened gets closed again (your notification will additionally include the amount of time spent reading the email (if available) in this instance), or,
        • after any user-selectable number of hours (your notification will include how long your message was read for (if available), and if it was re-opened or forwarded to someone else within the number of hours you select.)
      • by Cell phone SMS messages or on your Pager.
        • with similar options to the above.
        • note: ReadNotify reserves the right to charge extra for this facility in future.
      • on a personal web page on our web site
        • This is a dynamic constantly live-updated page listing the complete history of all your emails sent through ReadNotify.
        • Details of the dates and times that email was opened are provided, conveniently converted to your own time zone for easy reference.
        • Length of time emails were read for each time they were opened is usually also available.
        • You can sort and search this list in many ways.
        • You can erase sent messages from this page at any time, or not store any there in the first place if you choose.
      • future Read Notifications may be available on ICQ or other instant messaging services.

    • Select what kind of messages, if any, to show their recipient that their email has a Read Notification in it.

    • Choose to enable Delivery Service Notifications (DSN's) as well.

    • Ask for Message Dispositions (MDN's, or otherwise known as traditional Read Receipts)

    You can Sign Up here for a free trial of ReadNotify and experience everything first-hand. Your free trial is limited to 5 emails only, but otherwise includes unrestricted access to all facilities enjoyed by our other subscribers.

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