MIT's program, “Immersion”, uses personal data to build a map of email history.

As integrated as it has become in our daily lives, we often forget that email was originally just another form of social media, another way to connect with people remotely. Many people have had the same Gmail account for almost a decade, but how often do we stop to wonder what our inbox says about us, our personal connections and how they may have changed. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new visualization tool to represent the different connections that exist throughout our email history, specifically for those with Gmail accounts.

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