MIT’s Media Lab just launched a fascinating tool for exploring email metadata: Immersion. Give it your Gmail account and it will map out the network of your personal connections.
The Boston Globe has a feature explaining the project’s genesis and how it works. It’s both fascinating and creepy to see how your emails can be used to map out your personal network and the various players’ interconnections. I charted out my inbox (below) — then used the app’s “log out & delete” feature to purge Immersion’s record of it. I assume the NSA has its own backup. -Stacy