Personal E-mail Metrics

Adven­tures in per­sonal met­rics. Here some inter­esting stats on my email habits since May 2007 — five years ago next week, when I grad­u­ated from col­lege and first started using Gmail full-time.

~22,000 con­ver­sa­tions. I started 15% of them and replied to 17% of the rest. 4,011 dif­ferent people sent me emails, and a sur­prising 78% of those were sent directly to me rather than to a mailing list.

(Note: although I wasn’t orig­i­nally, I have become more judi­cious about actu­ally deleting emails that don’t need to be archived, like pro­mo­tional emails or newslet­ters. So I think some of these num­bers may be skewed).

I like that my responses to people are shorter and quicker than their responses to me. :)

(Col­lected using Gmail Meter).



Good news!  My stu­dent note was selected for pub­li­ca­tion in the first issue of Volume 54 of the William & Mary Law Review.  My note deals with the ques­tion of whether, under cur­rent law, the gov­ern­ment may forbid social media ser­vices like Twitter or Face­book from being accessed in coun­tries sub­ject to U.S. export reg­u­la­tions (i.e. eco­nomic sanc­tions).  I argue that it cannot.

Issue 1 will be out around November.

Trivial Should Be Enough

Cory Doc­torow, in remarking on YouTube reaching the aston­ishing rate of 1 hour of video uploaded per second, shares this excerpt from a forth­coming book.  I thought it was really great:

A common tactic in dis­cus­sions about the Internet as a free speech medium is to dis­count Internet dis­course as inher­ently trivial. Who cares about cute pic­tures of kit­tens, inar­tic­u­late YouTube trolling, and blog posts about what you had for lunch or what your tod­dler said on the way to day-care? Do we really want to trade all the plea­sure and eco­nomic activity gen­er­ated by the enter­tain­ment industry for *that*? The usual rebuttal is to point out all the “worthy” ways that we com­mu­ni­cate online: the schol­arly dis­cus­sions, the ter­mi­nally ill com­forting one another, the dis­tance edu­ca­tion that lifts poor and excluded people out of their lim­ited straits, the dis­si­dents who post videos of secret police mur­dering street pro­testers.

All that stuff is impor­tant, but when it comes to inter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tions, trivial should be enough.

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Spring Break Updates

It’s been a busy sev­eral weeks.  With some time to kill during Spring Break, here’s what’s new!

I was selected as the Man­aging Editor for Volume 54 of the William and Mary Law Review.  I’ve spent the past month putting together the year-long pub­li­ca­tion schedule, which I must say is quite the com­plex task.  The pub­li­ca­tion process begins in a few weeks; in the mean­time I’ll be doing editor training, putting together resources and tem­plates for the staff, and get­ting ready for a year of hard but rewarding work.

Claire and I went with another couple (John and Patricia) to Asheville this weekend for the Southern Con­fer­ence bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.  Davidson won, in an epic double over­time match-up against Western Car­olina.  Claire and I also went to the Bilt­more Estate, and John, Patricia, and I went for a good long hike in Mon­treat.  There were a few inches of snow on the ground during the hike, but it wasn’t bad, and as you can see the spec­tac­ular view from the top was very much worth it:

That pic­ture was taken using the panorama fea­ture of my Galaxy Nexus.  Not bad for an Android phone, huh?

My brother Wilson will be returning from deploy­ment in the next few weeks.  Hard to believe he’s done already!  He’ll have some time off in order to move across the country to Charleston for his next assign­ment: nuclear power school.  It’ll be great to have him closer by for a little bit!

I’m looking for­ward to the summer, which I’ll spend at Wilson Son­sini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto.  Cur­rently looking for some­where to live in June and July — let me know if you have any leads!

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