Keith Lyons, Clyde Street, Jul 19, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the challenges of email (and any web communication, for that matter) is representing it more intuitively. We communicate, for example, with people, not objects such as topics, messages and artifacts, yet our mail is organized around the latter rather than the former. In this post Keith Lyons points us to an MIT project called Immersions (as always I have to admire the way MIT manages public relations around its projects). Immersions is "a people-centric view of your email life... dive into the history of your email life... a tool for self-reflection at a time where the zeitgeist is one of self-promotion." I can't use it; it connects to GMail, which I mostly don't use. I note with interest though that Immersions manages to connect to GMail with OAuth, which means you never share your email password - something LinkedIn has yet to figure out.

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