I got my first email account during the reign of AOL and have loved it ever since—except for the spam, phishing scams, chain letters, and unnecessary CC emails.
In an attempt to keep everything sorted over the years, I’ve had email accounts for work, school, friends, and promotional offers. Instead of wrangling my inboxes, I’ve left Google, Yahoo, and AOL littered with forgotten accounts.
Chris Anderson, the curator for TED, and Dave Troy, the CEO of 410 Labs, are working to reform email. Anderson has come up with an email charter to tackle problems with traditional email, and Troy’s company just released Shortmail, a simplified emailing service.