Tracking the E-mail You Sent

Ever wonder whether your friend have read the email you send? Send email already but your customer denies about received it? Perhaps DidTheyReadIt can help you.

Technology News writes:

Subscribers to DidTheyReadIt receive an e-mail message notifying them of the time, rough location and duration of the recipient’s viewing of each message the subscriber sent. The service is available in quarterly, semiannual or annual subscriptions and ranges in price from $25 for three months to $50 a year.

How does it work?

  1. Register an account at http://www.DidTheyReadIt.com. (Free trial account available now)
  2. At email you want to track, add .didtheyreadit.com at the end of receiver’s email address.

    Example:
    me@receiver.com becomes me@receiver.com.didtheyreadit.com

  3. send it out.
  4. The email will be send to DidTheyReadIt.com and an invisible image(1pixel x 1pixel) code will be append to the email body. The code will be used to track the email.

    Sample code:
    <img src="http://didtheyreadit.com/index.php/worker?code=38dd0e7349f63df33d1fsadf52344825d" width="1" height="1" />

  5. When the receiver open the email, the DidTheyReadIt can track the receiver by using the invisible image. Sender will be notified then.

    Note: forwarded email still can be tracked. As long as the invisible code still in the email body.

Sender will get a report of the tracked email. The information collected included number of opened, number of reader, date and time opened, read duration, location, ISP, IP address, etc. Here is sample of email tracking report.

How to avoid being tracked?

DidTheyReadIt will failed to track email if…

  1. Receiver reads the email offline.
  2. Receiver’s email reader does not support HTML mail. Example: plain text mail reader. Webmail which does not display email image automatically(example: Gmail) will not be tracked too.

ABNORMAL use of DidTheyReadIt(by LcF)

  • track your “private photo” :twisted: that send to your boyfriend. See if he forward(read: share) it with others.
  • Chain mail senders can know their chain mail has reached which corner of the globe.
  • Put the invisible on your WEBSITE and track your site visitors.
  • Can you think of other way to use it? ;)

Privacy concern
Unlike current email return-receipt, the receiver of DidTheyReadIt email may not aware of it. It raises some privacy and security issues.

Thought:
I don’t think it will get popular because it does not work 100%(anti track is possible, as mentioned) and there are privacy issues.

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3 thoughts on “Tracking the E-mail You Sent”

  1. I am aware of DidTheyReadIt, but do you feel comfortable opening mails that friends sent to you when they know that you track them? Do you feel comfortable to actually provide the company with the email address of your friends? I mean, okay, they probably have a privacy statement on their webpage but, you know what will happen 5 years down the road?

    And they produce other software tools that indicates more tracking on your computer etc. Doesn’t make me very comfortable. Spammers work similarly, and have already something in their mail (an html code), anyway, to track their mail so that they know when the mail sent out ahs been opend.

    The web is insecure enough. Privacy hardly exists. So let’s have some trust and let the “bad guys” use it.

    but well, in the end, it is up to you!

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  2. This one’s only a free trail. There is still one called “Have They Read It Yet” with its great stamps which is largely free. Isn’t there one called ‘Mesdaq”(?)which is also similarly free? I didn’t like ’em hogging resources cause they both want to be loaded at startup…..and creates some changes which is a little of a hassle in uninstalling.:wink:

    btw: Off topic, can you tell me whether it’s normal to find an autoplay midi tune sucking(bleeding)memory in a Blog? I seem to find that it does in varying degree.:roll:

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