Immersion represents email networks

email sentImmersion is an interesting website developed by the MIT Media Lab

What does Immersion do?

Immersion takes your entire Gmail history and converts it into a visual network. When you log in, Immersion uses the From, To, Cc and Timestamp fields of your email. It does not access the subject or the content of email. From this data Immersion generates a network analysis graphic

This snapshot below is generated from email I have written since 2004 which was when I started to use Gmail. To my amazment I have sent 91,015 emails in that time. Remember this is the email I have written, not spam.

The graphs produced confirmed something I have often complained about. For the last 2 years I have felt that email was consuming more and more of my time and this data backed it up!

If you don’t mind, Immersion accessing your Gmail account it is fun and interesting. I have used Gmail since 2004 which means that in those archives sits a type of personal history. Immersion presents users with different perspectives of their data and made me realise how email is now an important part of my past, or I should say our past as what is represented is not an individuals personal data alone, but as this data sits in wider network of communications.

email network screen