Faceted email reading: Seek extension, from MIT’s Simile group

As a sinner but devout follower of the Church of Tufte and general fan of information display and the like, I’ve been following the work of the Simile group at MIT for a while. Their Exhibit and Timeline projects are really interesting takes on complex visualization problems, well done.

Meet the latest work product from that group, Seek. Seek is a Thunderbird 2 extension (doesn’t work without modification on trunk nightlies yet) from David François Huynh to do faceted email browsing. It even includes a timeline visualization component. Check out the screencast, or just install the extension to give it a shot and play with it. This is experimental, early stage work, but I think it’s superb — it should I think spark all kinds of great discussions as to new ways of mining this incredibly rich data store we call email archives.


  1. 1st impression f/u: this would make tags a lot more useful; it would be VERY much more useful for me (several accounts + several folders in inbox) if it remembered the indexing it does, so when I click on a different folder, I don’t have to have it re-index.[i.e. index all folders once, and re-index on message change or new message received). But it makes the email sorting process much more useful.


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