Ana comments on the difference between using email to collaborate and using an online collaboration tool:
“So despite prioritizing messages and labelling them, the fact is that in a tool such as email it is hard to focus (not to mention keeping track of the discussion when you easily mix subjects in different threads).
This stands in sharp contrast to what I experienced last year when planning Cidadania 2.0 at a distance from my organizing partner, or to what I’m experiencing currently when working on a collaboration platform with an external company for professional reasons. When I’m in the collaborative workspace for each of these projects my attention is much more devoted to each of the topics being discussed (not to mention the fact that different aspects of the project are much more “tidy”).
I already saw the advantages of online collaboration tools, but let’s just say that regarding email I had one of those aha moments today!“
1. In one of my slide decks, I talk about “the friction profile” of using different technologies for collaboration. Ana has highlighted the added friction when using email compared to a collaboration tool – not indeed, that’s it’s impossible, just that there is more friction involved.
2. Earlier in the post, Ana calls email a “hyper stimulus tool.” I wonder what she’d call Twitter? @AnaDataGirl?