When email first became prevalent in the mid-90’s one of the first phenomena to appear was the nightmare of accidental listserving. Everyone had that story of the girl or guy who was telling a friend about an embarrassing late-night hook-up but accidentally sent the email to their whole class’ listserver and lived in shame for the remainder of their time at that academic institution. Well the problem persists, particularly in the form of “reply all”.
Today, on the wonderful blog Flowing Data (if you’re into data viz then it’s a must read), Nathan Yau does a great map of one of these conversations gone horribly awry. What ensues if a Kafka-esque tale told in Reply All (and a sad look at the California DOT’s technical unsophistication). Enjoy:
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