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. :)
Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA — along with its Senate counterpart, PROTECT-IP — is a disaster waiting to happen. Calling it a blunt instrument would be a compliment. Essentially, it gives private actors the extrajudicial power to cut off traffic and advertising money to sites that are 99.9% legitimate, but happen to have a few links or pages related to infringing materials. I’m not talking about random websites, either: Etsy. Flickr. Tumblr. All of them could face crippling liability that undercuts the existing DMCA notice-and-takedown system that — while most definitely imperfect — has enabled the birth and flourishing some of the most innovative websites we have today.
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