Two pretty insubstantial things happened to me today that, when mixed, sparked

the great big idea bulb over my head (consequently scaring away all the bugs

and dust resting on said bulb). The first was an email notification at work

that one of the SharePoint sites I belong to had reached it’s size quota and

needed some purging. The second event occurred as I was going through my inbox

later in the afternoon. A short string of emails had gone back and forth to

see if anyone was interested in grabbing sushi at some point next week

(riveting stuff). Over the course of seven emails, the size of the message had

doubled from 10k to 21k. While that’s not a huge deal, that is seven messages

of increasing size sitting in my inbox eating 109k of space. SharePoint and

it’s document revisions was the same way.

This is where [Two pretty insubstantial things happened to me today that, when mixed, sparked

the great big idea bulb over my head (consequently scaring away all the bugs

and dust resting on said bulb). The first was an email notification at work

that one of the SharePoint sites I belong to had reached it’s size quota and

needed some purging. The second event occurred as I was going through my inbox

later in the afternoon. A short string of emails had gone back and forth to

see if anyone was interested in grabbing sushi at some point next week

(riveting stuff). Over the course of seven emails, the size of the message had

doubled from 10k to 21k. While that’s not a huge deal, that is seven messages

of increasing size sitting in my inbox eating 109k of space. SharePoint and

it’s document revisions was the same way.

This is where]1 comes in. From the video

demonstration originally released and the supplemental materials on their

site, it looks like they have solved reply bloat. By threading messages and

constantly referring and replying to one at a time, you aren’t left with a

string of emails with increasing size. Sure you get all the benefits of a

threaded conversation, but this is probably the biggest undocumented perk yet.

Consider the effect it would have on an email server storage setup. Picture

what would happen if you were to have included an attachment on one of those

emails – 10k could have started at over 1M, and it would grow as rapidly as

changes are made to the document. Wave will solve this!

I applied to be in as an early tester when they solicited participants, and

now I’m more excited than ever.