Nick Douglas’ “How to Ask for Advice Over Email”
Great list: Spend 95% of your time researching the person you’re emailing, and 5% writing the email. Introduce yourself quickly but specifically, and ask specific questions. Ask one or two questions. Not three! You’ll feel like adding a third because your email looks too short. It’s not. Google your questions first. Don’t offer to “hop…
Email Statistics Report
This company The Radicati Group, Inc. produces “quantitative and qualitative research on email, security, instant messaging, social networking, information archiving, regulatory compliance, wireless technologies, web technologies, unified communications, and more.” Looks like one report will run ya about $7,500, but they publish summaries, including the email one. It has some interesting stuff in it: In…
“It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”
Quinn Norton for the Atlantic: Email has changed since [the 1970s], but not much. Most of what’s changed in the last 45 years is email clients—the software we use to access email. They’ve clumsily bolted on new functionality onto the old email, without fixing any of the underlying protocols to support that functionality. The article…
How much is email worth to you?
Fascinating little 10-minute podcast from Planet Money’s The Indicator that put a data-driven dollar value on some of the biggest internet services. When economist Tim Harford was planning a trip to China, he realized he would not be able to access a lot of the online services he has come to rely on: no email,…
Should I just get a new email address?
This seems like the nuclear option! Your email is so out of control that you literally give up and start over completely fresh. This might be fine for Beyoncé, but her success seems a little more locked in that yours or mine. This also seems awful dangerous to me. How many people are going to continue…
MailPlane and Boxy for Inbox are Broken. Shift Working!
I’ve been using Mailplane for a long time. It’s just a wrapper for Gmail/Inbox, which is perfect. That’s what i like, web clients with native wrappers. The Inbox tabs I use have been broken all morning. I figured it was something funky with my internet or VPN, but it turns out it’s straight up broken.…
Encrypted Email and Security Nihilism
Daniel Kahn Gillmor, reporting on the whole EFAIL thing (short story: even encrypted email isn’t truly safe): Unfortunately, many of the responses to this report have been close to the line of “security nihilism:” Throwing your hands in the air and saying that because certain important security measures aren’t perfect, we should abandon them altogether.…
The Search for the Perfect Email Client
Ars Technica published Inbox zero and the search for the perfect email client, a staff-roundup article all about email preferences. Here’s some choice quotes. … as anyone who sits through several hours of meetings a day surely knows, staying on top of one’s email becomes a welcome diversion during the many boring bits. Jonathan Gitlin Probably…
AI/Machine Learning and Email
Seems like a natural fit, right? What better data set than decades of email complete with meta data? I would think that spam filtering may have been one of mankinds first foray’s into machine learning. My Google-based email has been saving me from spam for a decade. We know that spam evolves to fight the…