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The Man Who Didn’t Invent E-mail
February 21, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment
The Man Who Didn’t Invent E-mail

Recently, I was shocked to learn that a 14-year old named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai invented e-mail in 1978.  This story came to me via the Washington Post, which reported on February 17 that the “inventor” …

A conversation with Patrick – The Clog
February 10, 2012 – 5:04 pm | No Comment
A conversation with Patrick – The Clog

 
Every week, I get the opportunity to sit down and chat with knowledge workers who are overloaded. Last week, I spoke with Patrick, a mid-level banking executive.
He refers to the problem of Information Overload as …

E-mail Disclaimer Overload
February 1, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
E-mail Disclaimer Overload

I recently noticed not one, not two, but 11 disclaimers at the bottom of an extensive e-mail exchange that occurred over a period of several days.
I noticed that disclaimers first started appearing on some e-mail …

January 18, 2012 – A notable day in information history
January 26, 2012 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
January 18, 2012 – A notable day in information history

In what had an eerie resemblance to a No Email Friday but which occurred for very different reasons, portions of the Internet went dark last week.
On January 18, major Web sites including Wikipedia and Reddit …

New Year’s Resolutions for the Overloaded
December 14, 2011 – 3:42 pm | No Comment
New Year’s Resolutions for the Overloaded

It’s hard to believe, but the New Year is almost upon us.  In the interest of not contributing further to your overload, dear reader, I’ll keep my resolutions brief.
E-mail – as demonstrated by the amount …

Ban E-mail? Stop the Madness!
December 7, 2011 – 3:57 pm | One Comment
Ban E-mail? Stop the Madness!

Last week, Atos, a French IT company, announced a ban on internal e-mail.  Atos’ management justified the action as a way to stop wasteful messaging.  It says that staffers get an average of 200 e-mail …

Fixing E-mail
November 9, 2011 – 3:32 pm | 6 Comments
Fixing E-mail

How many times do you send an e-mail message to someone and not get a reply?  Fairly often, I’d wager.
But how do you know and keep track of times when you don’t get a reply?
Sometimes …

Information Overload, Basex:TechWatch, and Mission Creep
November 3, 2011 – 2:49 pm | No Comment
Information Overload, Basex:TechWatch, and Mission Creep

Since Basex:TechWatch was founded in 1997, its mission has been to present a weekly digest of news and information on topics and offerings relating to knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Over the past 14 years, the amount …

Thoughts From Information Overload Awareness Day 2011
October 26, 2011 – 6:49 pm | No Comment
Thoughts From Information Overload Awareness Day 2011

Information Overload Awareness Day (IOAD) continued the dialog I sought to begin three years ago with the first IOAD.
To be candid, for the past few months, I’ve been a bit overloaded as have my colleagues …

Happy Information Overload Awareness Day
October 20, 2011 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
Happy Information Overload Awareness Day

Today is the third annual Information Overload Awareness Day (some media outlets have shortened this to Information Overload Day, which in my view gives it an entirely different spin).
To “celebrate,”  we at Basex invite each …