Texts and emails are the seed for many an argument and misunderstanding. “You read it wrong”, or “I didn’t mean for it to sound that way” are common refrains in the digital era. But ToneCheck is aiming to fix your tonal errors and emotional mishaps: Just like spell checkers and grammar checkers, the software is designed to check for emotionally loaded sentences, and help you censor them out of your emails.
The software, which was developed by a Canadian startup company, Limbyx, who released the software in beta last week. It works by rating words on a scale of 8 emotional levels, and flags words that are emotionally charged, so that users can replace them with less emotive words to improve the clarity of their emails.
For the moment, it’s only available for Microsoft Outlook, but the company plans to make it available for other web-based clients. All you Outlook users, tell us what you think.