visualize your email conversations
Notice: the Themail user study is closed
You cam learn more about the results on this paper
|What is Themail?|
|Themail is a visualization of
the contents of a
person's email archive. The application is designed to be used by the owner
of the email archive and it addresses two main questions:
1) What kinds of things do I talk about with my various email contacts?
2) How does my email conversation with person A differs from my conversation with other people?
Each column of words refers to emails exchanged in previous months with the selected person. The more salient and unique a word is in your conversation with a specific person, the bigger that word appears in the visualization. Each circle represents an email message you have exchanged with the selected person.
||Screen shot of the contents of a mailing list over time. Notice how the color of the bubbles in the background differ from the previous screen shot - here they are mostly gray, representing emails that were not sent directly to ego.|
||Users can select any of the words in the visualization, causing the email messages that contain those words to be displayed.|
How does it Work?
Themail consists of two separate applications:
1. Themail processor (the backend application that generates the data that will be visualized)
2. Themail visualization
Themail processor reads your email archive and generates a series of text files containing all of the data that will be used by the visualization program. These files are located on your C drive: C:\themail.
Every time you run the Themail
visualization, it reads the data in the themail directory
and generates a visual representation of that data.
What data does Themail use?
you run the Themail processor application, it asks you for your
email mbox files (mbox is one of the formats in which email archives are
kept). You may point the application to as many or as few archive files
as you like and, in that way, you decide what data the application will
Are any data
being transmitted outside my computer?
| If you have any questions or concerns about the project or the study,
feel free to contact us at:
themail_study [at] media [.] media [.] mit [.] edu