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Anti Email

Previously, I’ve criticized email for having the wrong underlying metaphor. I’d like to a see the conversation replace ‘mail’ or ‘threads’ as the basis for internet messaging — so what is a conversation? Well, as a data structure a conversation is a node with:

  • one document
  • a list of participants and their permissions
  • potentially many subconversations

That’s it, I think. Say we make a conversation a directory with links for all that other stuff — that saves us the trouble of implementing conversations; but it leaves documents and permissions as an exercise to the reader.

Thankfully, clever people have been working on documents and permissions for a long, long time…

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