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.

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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