Information flow for ever-changing decisions
My contribution to the discussion was a request for email with no reply button, a way to get the information sent by Ned Luds in email out into the open for discussion by the rest of my team, group or community. My biggest problem with current aggregation type services such as Netvibes and Pageflakes is that they merely create new boxes for old stuff, emperors with new clothes. Even when presented with feeds and flows of information, people will always lower themselves to the common denominator of email if it is offered to them, despite the fact that they will also complain about being submerged in email.
Email with no reply button is maybe just a simplification for what I do when emails arrive at the moment. Often email isn't just for me, it's for someone or some people in my entourage or in my blog readership. I manually take it out and add it. Unfortunately, being Ned Luds, the original senders probably don't see the ensuing discussions on the blog.
We also talked about having the ability to temporarily switch off information when we see that it's just getting in the way, but might be useful 'someday, maybe'. Geographically-centred information, friends', contacts' and colleagues' information, team-mates' information, CEO's information... we can subscribe to it all and more, but we need a way to swiftly switch it off to aid our comparison analysis of information.
Ideally, of course, information to which you already subscribe should only come to you at the time you are seeking it for your decision. So we ended up designing one search box on a page into which you type your decision-making question, but instead of the response being random search, the returns are based on those people and that stuff to which you have chosen to subscribe.