Wednesday, July 21, 2004



Ever since I have been using gmail for the last couple of months I have become much more aware of how long, and short, some of my email conversation threads are. It is interesting to see thread counts grow rapidly, and then hit a barrier around 6-7. Very few threads over 7 messages.

I imagine this is the function of the number of correspondents. With 2 participants, 3 iterations (5 or 6 messages) probably get the point accross. With a higher number of participants the number increases, but slowly, since obviously you do not get everyone to contribute 2 or 3 emails each to the discussion. The record of off-the-cuff discussion between 3 people in the last 2 months is 12.

I should probably not spend too much time tabulating these results.


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