Thoughts on Structured/Unstructured and Shared Information Management using Wiki and other emerging technologies
Monday, June 07, 2004
Raymie Stata/Bloomba: "My Info Is In Here Somewhere"

Statalabs makes a very usable, responsive and "server-class" (as Raymie calls it) email client - Bloomba. In the INBOX event, Raymie explains why search needs to be given much more importance than organizing data in the first place. (INBOX Event - My Info Is In Here Somewhere):

Back to 1995 yahoo vs. Alta Vista, Alta won't work because:
* USers don't know how to formulate queries
* Users don't want to see irrelevant hits
* Search wont scale
* Wont make money :-)

Subconciously some small part of the brain says I can trust the search.

Interestingly, one of the key decision point for any client-side email product is whether it should extend outlook (i.e. plugin), or an independent product (in which case, it better look like outlook) - as bloomba is. Downside for the latter is that you are forced to integrate calendar and everything else that outlook provides: In essence replicating most functionality of email. (It is actually a good thing for industry and innovation.)

And bloomba seems to have got the right chord: Search being so important (and unoptimized in a most versions of outlook), it will be perceived as completely independent capability. And possibly helped by mental mapping to google. So bloomba is in much better position to succeed.

And perhaps those who want to mine email data should partner with bloomba! You will hopefully not have to struggle with all those email file formats, and depend on bloomba ecosystem for the same.

About this blog
All realms of collaboration:
  • Wiki. Weblogs
  • New Integration Platforms for combined structured and unstructured information: Wiki, Portals, Email Clients,
  • Collaborative Document editing, Collaborative knowledge building
  • Email Interfaces to collaborative shares
  • Information organization, management, Publishing: In context of organizations, individuals, Opensource projects etc.
About me:
Name:Vinod Kulkarni

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