Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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SNARF your mail

SNARF looks interesting - a socially-driven mail reading tool that gets its metadata from your mailboxes.

The argument is that most of your day-to-day social interactions are already on your computer - in the shape of address books, in your email and in the documents you create - even in your blogrolls. Why create an expressive XML language like FOAF, when all you need to do is use ambient metadata? Especially when it's already expressed in a semi-structured form.

Hence SNARF, or the Social Network and Relationship Finder, a tool to help triage your mail.
The SNARF UI is designed to provide a quick overview of unread mail, organized by its importance. The UI shows a series of different panes with unread mail in them; each pane shows a list of authors of messages. Clicking on a name shows all messages involving that person.


SNARF gives the user the freedom to build their own ordering. Each person in their inbox is assigned a set of meta-information: "number of emails sent in the last month," for example. These metrics can, in turn, be combined to create an ordering across all contacts.
Worth looking at - and reading the papers.

I wonder how it will cope with my several tens of thousands of email messages.
Tags: email, snarf, social software
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