April 27, 2009

The future of email...could be open source

Article Source The Open Road
April 27, 2009, 7:07 am

Email is no longer about channeling conversations between people, as Alistair Croll suggests. Instead it has become a record of what we do online and, as such, our inbox must fundamentally change or face extinction.

It's a provocative argument. I suspect it's also true.

Croll writes:

Today, I have to visit dozens of other sites and services to make sense of my online life. This is a waste: I already have a record of all these transactions in my inbox. I just need a better way to look at them.

Gmail offered a tantalizing glimpse of what inboxes could be, but stopped short of recognizing this shift from conversations to a digital record of our online lives. The inbox of the future looks more like logfile analysis and aggregation and less like an email platform.

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