I was somewhat pushed into this, from personal “ruminations” after a diffused dibate that took place in my Observatory in several occasion, where my position (with an interestingly wide spread of different approaches) is now shared among a good number of other researchers.
Since its first apparence, Gmail was rightly considered as “innovative” for a good number of reasons, ranging from the more technical aspects (for example, the interface carachterized by a judicious use of AIAX and other emerging technologies) to end on the more social aspects (the pecuiliar conversational model, etc…). As a consequence, the choice of talking about Gmail, far from being reductive and restricted to a particular brand or service, can easily became (in my humble opinion) an occasion to talk about the “modern web” in a variety of its more aspects.
These posts came as an (imperfect) traslation of a series of little messages I am writing in italian in another blog. Instead of making a long post here (with a long series of grammatical errors… since English is not my first language!) I have choosen a different approach, i.e., to breack up the list of reason in a series of little “pills” to be hosted (also) on my compainion blog signal2noise (s2n). This also with the aim to explore a little bit a form of expression expecially suitable for Posterous platform (yes, I’m addicted to web techology and services, no doubt!)
Well, at this point, I’d say that the scenario is well defined. Next post will deal with a first “motivation” for my adoption of Gmail. In passing, if you like the idea and want to add your two cents, just drop a message to firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂