[extropy-chat] TRENDS: Email is so yesterday

Neil H. neuronexmachina at gmail.com
Thu Oct 5 18:50:33 UTC 2006

On 10/4/06, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/4/06, nvitamore at austin.rr.com <nvitamore at austin.rr.com> wrote:
> >
> > Anyone have thoughts on this?
> > http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061002-7877.html
> >
> my thought is that convergence isn't happening quickly enough.  We don't
> need to distinguish between IM and Email.  We need only to express an idea
> towards a recipient.  If you are available via IM, we should be
> communicating with a low latency of about every 5 words to a full sentence.
> If you are not available, my entire stream of IM idea-a-grams should
> automatically coalesce into the notion of an email which you catch up on
> when you return to availability.  If I then want that message to be consumed
> by a group, the thoughts should be tagged in a way that authenticates the
> group members to have access to the content.  If I want no access
> restrictions, then my IM/email/blog is world-readable.  I want a Wiki-style
> page that I can grant R/W/RW access to nobody/one friend/all
> friends/everybody or any combination.

Have you tried gmail? It does at least the first part of what you describe,
integrating IM and email.

-- Neil
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