[mailhist-discuss] FW: SIGCIS in Boston Magazine profile of "email inventor"
Tom Van Vleck
thvv at multicians.org
Sun Jun 3 14:21:18 PDT 2012
On Jun 3, 2012, at 8:31 AM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> This reminds that we should settle on a working definition of email.
> There was some background discussion for Ton's article intended to be
> published in the Post, and I'll let him re-post it here.
> I'll offer my own:
> An electronic message (email) is a collection of data, packaged to
> specify one or more authors and specifying one or more recipients.
> I think the concept of authors and recipients is primary. Otherwise,
> it's a document. I don't think the nature of the content matters nor
> that any other meta-data like Subject are essential. (I've previously
> done some design that mapped between 'email' and 'document' and found it
> useful for both. This derived from efforts in collaboration space.)
In the old days we used to emphasize that mail was stored for later
reading, as opposed to immediate terminal-to-terminal messages.
You could only message users who were online at the same time you were,
while a recipient could read mail later.
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