#2115: CopyCost

Everyone gets too much email, but nobody ever thinks they send too much.

I’d hate it if we had to pay to send mail, but it seems to me that some inhibition of the urge to cc everyone on the planet would be no bad thing.

I was wrangling with my Twitter feed this morning as usual. Retweeting anything automatically scrolls me up the page, losing my place. That nuisance makes me less of an RTer than I might otherwise be.

Today’s invention introduces a small ‘cost’ every time you copy someone into a message.

The cost is not monetary but in terms of entropy increase.

CCing would automatically cause your Inbox, or a section of it, to be reordered randomly (and the order-by-eg-sender function disabled for a fixed period).

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