E-mail Detox: who’d-a-thunk?
January 26, 2008
This week I somehow deviated from our RSS feed blogs and came across BlackRimGlasses, which Dave had mentioned before in class. From scanning this blog by Ethan Kaplan, head of technology at Warner Bros. Records, the most recent ones have him calling out to the blogsphere for help managing his desktop and challenging someone to create an integrative system which combined e-mail, RSS, bookmarks, web history, chat transcripts and other online tools. Both posts more or less relate to this week’s topic of open source software; as a potential solution to Kaplan’s organizational woes. However it was the challenge post which got me thinking.
This post was based on another by Tim Ferriss over at Four Hour Work Week, who suggests that people who receive an obscene amount of e-mail (authors, blog writers, business people, etc) could outsource their inboxes. By restructuring how they receive e-mails and hiring a couple of assistants, answering their daily e-mails are no longer 6-8 hour activities. I thought this suggestion was pretty convenient way for these people to maintain communicational efficiency and prioritize electronic mail. However it wouldn’t be as plausible for the average user. What about users who can’t afford an assistant? Or doesn’t get upwards to 1,000 emails daily, and just wants a stylish, easy-to-use solution to getting organized with an all-in-one interface.
So I guess what I’m getting to is have there been any open source software programs or applications created which can enable people being drowned in electronic mayhem get organized? I’ve heard of smart folders for filtering, but do any actual applications exist?