Startup Threadsy debuted its all-in-one, web-based communications client last year at TechCrunch50. Threadsy, which has been in private beta since its launch last September, received positive reviews from the judges and audience and was voted to be a finalist at the conference. Since last September, Threadsy has been consistently innovating its client, providing deep integrations with Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and other communications platforms. Today, the platform opens to the public.
The virtue of threadsy is that it is a web-based application pulls together your email, Facebook, Twitter, chat, and the social web into a well-organized stream reader. It’s essentially a way to access all of your communications in one place. For email, threadsy supports Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, MobileMe, AOL Mail, and IMAP accounts. The application has been improved to become a full-featured email client with support for folders, archiving, drafts, and custom email signatures. For chat, threadsy supports Google Talk, Facebook Chat, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, MySpace, and others through integration with Meebo.
The idea behind threadsy is that it groups all of your messages into 2 buckets: everything directly to you from email, Facebook, and Twitter in one column and your Facebook News Feed and Twitter stream in another. You can also filter your streams by service. And within threadsy, you can comment on, like, love, and dislike Facebook updates; follow/unfollow people on Twitter; and search Twitter. Another plus of having all of your communications in one place is that threadsy creates detailed profiles of the people you message with, including their Facebook and Twitter profiles.
Backed by August Capital, threadsy now has “tens of thousands” of users, says founder Rob Goldman. Goldman says that an iPhone app and Android app are currently in development and the site will eventually turn on contextual advertising to monetize the platform.
Threadsy faces competition from Inbox2, Mailsuite and Zbang.