Shift-BOX: INBOX Time Shifting to Reduce Email Clutter
Romain Vuillemot, Jean-Marc Petit, Mohand-Saïd Hacid
We are interested in exploring the idea of giving users the ability to shift emails reception time, such as to pause or replay flows of emails, during a user-selected time window. To our knowledge, email analysis and interaction techniques mainly use reception time to extract sequential events from emails, such as to reconstruct conversational threads: time stays no more a physical quantity. The hypothesis we want to investigate is whether giving users the ability to shift time would help them to better deal with INBOX clutter and reduce email overload. To test this hypothesis, we are currently designing a media player-like widget to let users re-play email receptions and actions (e.g. classification, tagging, archival, etc.) using a time-centric data stream model. We detail our implementation roadmap and next steps from our ongoing project.