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Email Thread Visualization

This is really cool:


Email Thread Visualization” [link to no longer works] via infoesthetics.

3 comments on "Email Thread Visualization"

  • Josh says:

    It has always annoyed me that programs try to make me treat email conersations as a graph, while I think of them as a DAG (directed acyclic graph). I am not just replying to a message, I am replying to several thoughts, possibly in different parts of the tree.

  • Justin says:

    Josh: yes.
    Actually, this is why I now think that such complex visualizations of threads are a red herring. Instead, the Gmail model of a “conversation” is more useful, if you ask me… it’s all one conversation proceeding through time.
    BTW I think one list-archival website uses a visualisation something like that…

  • Nudecybot says:

    This is from IBM labs – reinventing mail:
    Worth reading some of their publications! Some of this kind of stuff has been implemented by GMAIL among others.
    There are a ton of interesting email visualization projects created in the past 3-4 years:
    Marumushi has many impressive applications (including Newsmap and a Carnivore PE frontend)
    Danah’s work was recently featured on the TV show Numbers:
    Themail project:
    Just to name a few – there are so many others. Obviously there are implications for the security and privacy fields and no doubt national security folks are all over this stuff (they have a lot of our e-mail and other communications to process!).

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