MIT project lets you mine your email to map out your digital life

Posted: July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


If there anything we’ve learned in the last few weeks, it’s that  little things on the internet can make big statements about your life when it’s combined into a single pile. There’s a lot of those little things hidden in what many hope to be a “private space” — your email. And a small program from a group of MIT Media Lab students can mine your mail, take all those tiny things and create an artistic, disturbing and accurate picture of your life and relationships.

Hooking up to your Gmail account via a secure connection, Immersion scans accounts for metadata related specifically to the To, From, CC and Timestamp fields in emails. All of this metadata is readily available using the proper API, but not directly accessible from the mail account itself. From there, all of the data is sorted, categorized and placed into a beautiful graphic that shows all…

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