It was getting frustrating that people were not responding to emails and that there was no way to know if the email was being ignored.

What it does

Tracks emails and notifies the sender when an email has been read by a return email.

How I built it

I built it using PHP and javascript. A secret token is sent as an image with the email that calls the server telling it that the email has been viewed. The server then sends out a return email with the required details such as IP and Time to the from address.

Challenges I ran into

Creating an image token that would not be seen by the recipient of the email. I ended up using a very small blank png image and used CSS to make the size of the image 1px by 1px so it is not seen.

What I learned

I learned more about email servers and email hacks especially email tracing.

What's next for Email Tracker

Public Extension Release for easier and seamless use(as in the pictures).


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