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For most of the online population the internet arguably has had its major impact through electronic messaging (in particular email) rather than graphic-rich Flash-infested web sites, downloading feature films or online retailing. This profile points to resources regarding internet and associated messaging systems: email, IM, chat, SMS and MMS.

It covers some technical aspects of messaging and highlights academic and market studies. It also points to writing about online communities, bulletin boards and newsgroups.

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The following pages cover -

  • issues - cultural and regulatory issues, including spam, defamation, copyright, privacy and hoaxes
  • Email - technical primers and developments such as ENUM and Rich Media
  • Webmail -
  • SMS - writing about Short Message Services (SMS), including pointers to use of SMS for advertising and claims that it has underpinned 'people power' in some emerging economies
  • MMS - Multimedia Messaging Services
  • IM - proprietary Instant Messaging (IM) services
  • chat - IRC and other chat
  • community - netiquette, flaming, moderation and commoditization of 'communities'
  • news - impact and management of email news services and newsgroups
  • message traffic - data about the volume and use (or abuse) of email and SMS, with benchmarks from the postal systems and voice traffic
  • content - regulating the use of messaging systems
  • evidence - and enforcement
  • disclaimers and signatures - debate about boilerplate at the end of email messages
  • managing - hints about managing identity and the message environment

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This profile complements other documentation on this site. There is a separate page on Spam - looking at statistics, economics, activist groups and legislation - as part of the Security & InfoCrime Guide, with a detailed profile on regulation of spam in Australia and New Zealand.

There is also a profile on web logs (blogs) - an electronic publishing genre that combines the ease of email and the potentially global exposure of web pages - and on social spaces and 'virtual worlds' such as MUDs and MOOs.

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For a general introduction we recommend Jacob Palme's Electronic Mail (Norwood: Artech House 1995) and his more self-congratulatory paper The Future of Email. Andrew Odlyzko's characteristically perceptive 2001 paper Content is Not King and 2003 paper The Many Paradoxes of Broadband suggest that connectivity - in particular email - is the 'killer app' until a new infrastructure and improved pricing allows large-scale access to rich media applications such as Video on Demand.




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