Raindrop is an experiment in the design of a new messaging platform in the open.
What I like most about Raindrop is our process. We started with some simple designs, created a couple iterations and now we’ve opened up the whole process to share. This isn’t another email client or a twitter client, we have been designing for the way people communicate on the web today. And we’re looking to make it awesome.
If you’re a developer or just have lots of patience you could grab the source code, follow the instructions and get raindrop up and running. But that’s not what we’re launching, we’re launching the next version, the one that we design and develop in the open. Read that again, there is no download.
Starting today, new raindrop designs will be uploaded into the Raindrop Design flickr group for discussion and review. As designs are ready to be implemented we’ll be blogging about them in the Raindrop Design Blog.
From the ground up Raindrop was built as a set of extensions on top of extensions. This architecture was a design choice so that others could easily continue extend on top of our work.
There are places to add Data Miners which can search messages for regular expressions and User Interface Extensions which can modify the layout and design of messages presented.
Check out James’ video on Raindrop Software Components for more on the extensions system.