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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, December 02, 2005
  Personal Role Management
Pointed to on ResourceShelf (for my benefit?!?)

So I've long complained that tools and resources don't understand multiple identities/personalities, etc. online. See here, here, and I know there is at least one other place where I talked about multiple personalities. Oh, and I stood up and asked the question at the PIM panel at ASIS&T.

The article is:
Catherine Plaisant and Ben Shneiderman with H. Ross Baker, Nicolas B. Duarte, Aydin Haririnia, Dawn E. Klinesmith, Hannah Lee, Leonid A. Velikovich, Alfred O. Wanga, Matthew J. Westhoff. "Personal Role Management: Overview and a Design Study of Email for University Students" December 7, 2004. Available online at: http://hcil.cs.umd.edu/trs/2005-30/2005-30.htm
(not sure why we're finding it now? wait, they say they've been doing this since 1994 -- why hasn't anyone implemented their suggestions yet?)

Note: I put different roles in different windows of Firefox, with tabs for each search or related item for that role... I wonder if I could use session saver to archive the various roles so that I don't have to decide to keep to ditch (cognitive process) every time I switch roles???

Another thought, in Gmail, why can't you have it automatically change your signature when you change the "send from" e-mail? Likewise, is there a way in outlook to automatically respond to internal e-mails with an internal signature and an external for external? I can actually do that with my phone... why not e-mail?

Will the new Vista (formerly longhorn) with the stacking ability, allow some version of this?
 
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