Monday, October 3, 2005

Constructs of the Physical World

"Folders do not exist in Gmail. Everything's dumped into the inbox and your only alternative is to move it into the archive.

"However, I can add 'labels' to conversations. So instead of dumping a message into a folder on 'running,' I can simply label it 'running.' I can add multiple labels, whereas a message can only exist in one folder without making a copy. With labels, I can organize based on both whom I'm talking with and what I'm talking about.

"Google seems aware that folders are a construct of the physical world and don't make much sense when digital objects can appear in multiple places at once. But society may not be ready for such a monumental shift in thinking." ...

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