For the most part, our social networks and our email are completely separate beasts. The people you interact with on email, for the most part, have no idea what you’re doing on the various social networks in which you participate. Sigilant aims to change that by bringing the social and email worlds together.
Sigilant creates a graphic you can place in the signature of your email that shows data from services like foursquare, Instagram and Fitbit. Each time someone loads an email with your Sigilant signature, they’ll see a freshly updated view of your social data from one of the services you’ve linked (it’s chosen at random each time).
The foursquare signature, for instance, shows data like the last place you checked in, your number of friends, your weekly check-in distribution and the most recent badge you earned. Instagram shows your recent photos, while Fitbit shows your lifetime totals and recent activity graphs.
Sigilant is easy to set up. They provide simple copy-and-paste HTML code that you can paste into the signature section of your favorite email client. Apple Mail makes it a little more difficult, but you can follow these directions to get it set up.
The foursquare integration was around for a while as 4sqsign. If you had it set up, it will continue to work, but you’ll need to upgrade the code to use the new Sigilant features. The creators launched Sigilant last week with the addition of Fitbit profiles. They’re iterating quickly; Instagram was just added this morning and they say they have several other services in the works. They’re also taking suggestions for future upgrades.
It’s a fun way to merge your social world with your email and make folks aware that you actually have a life outside your inbox.
What do you think of Sigilant? Would you use it in your emails?