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Managing personal and work email in the same box: overcoming the tensions through new metaphors

posted on 2023-06-07, 13:27 authored by Hilary Smith, Yvonne Rogers, Mia Underwood
We are all familiar with the seemingly endless task of sorting through emails to keep on top of received messages; ploughing through list and folder based file structures to find saved emails and file attachments. It can be an ongoing headache. In this paper we describe our approach to helping people manage their personal emails and their accompanying attachments using novel interface metaphors. An initial online survey was conducted on people’s email storage behaviour for both home and work contacts. The findings suggest there is a tension between how people currently manage the two and how they would like to do this. Following this we explore new ways of conceptualising storage and retrieval in terms of personcentric storage systems.


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  • Published


University of California

Event name

Home Oriented Informatics and Telematics (HOIT) 2003

Event location

Irvine, California

Book title

Proceedings of the Home Oriented Informatics and Telematics

Place of publication

Irvine, CA

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  • Informatics Publications

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