Though email is a bit of burden at times, it is also in many cases the first point of contact for people as they go about their everyday routine. A large number of email users spend a significant part of their day working inside the email environments. Xoopit, a San Francisco-based startup is looking to capitalize on that point by looking to create a series of products that transform the email inbox into the largest social network. Xoopit takes a similar approach to Xobni an Outlook plugin which I highlighted previously and is rumored to be acquired very soon. Xoopit, today announced they had raised $5 Million Series A round of funding led by Accel Partners and Foundation Capital as they also rolled out a private beta.
The private beta helps organize video or photo content from YouTube, Flickr, Kodak, Shutterfly and PicasaWeb that has been piling up in their email inbox. Xoopit separates photos and videos out to make it easier to share, comment, and post them to their contacts on other social networks and blogs. The Xoopit beta is available as a Gmail plugin for FireFox and can be viewed on iGoogle, and on the Web. Future plans includes expanding its offerings to the top web mail systems including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL and the other social networks.