Additional Google suggestions

I posted a while back about possible improvements to the Gmail system.  Here are some additions to that post.

Nested contact groups

It would be nice to nest the contact groups.  I doubt that many people would use this feature but it would be easy to implement for those who would.  I would like to set up a hierarchy of groups so that I could place contacts in granular groups that would reside in more general groups.  This way I could send messages by using any group in the tree.

Notifications for outside newsgroups

For google groups, I would like to be able to receive individual emails from newsgroups that are not registered as a google group.  I currently subscribe to a number of Microsoft, Cisco, and wireless newsgroups such as microsoft.public.cert.mct and I can only receive digest emails or no email at all.  I tend to not read every email that goes through and I filter by scanning the subject lines.  I cannot do that if I am using digest email so many times I do not even read the digest.  I also like to respond promptly when messages arrive and I know that those who are using a newsreader are receiving each individual message instead of a digest.

Collaborative work environment

I would like to see some sort of groupware, collaborative work environment product from Google.  I envision an online site where I could share documents and other data for users to edit.  The system could be similar to SharePoint and other groupware software available now.


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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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