The always fabulous Louis Grey makes good points about using GMail in a corporate environment and got me thinking in a different direction.
I begain to consider: Why can’t I share emails the same way I can share RSS entries?
Google Reader allows you to publish all entries you tagged with specific keywords, or you can share entries on an individual basis. Yet, despite the obvious analogue, it’s impossible for me to share email messages or threads in the same manner!
I realize there are some privacy concerns, since RSS & Atom explicitly make things public and email does not. However, there’s no reading I couldn’t use an email to RSS gateway and violate expected convention easily.
I might also argue that by opening up email to the same type of social collaboration we get via Google Reader then the potential would exist to make things more secure.
For example, by adding a default copy-left style licensing, a la creative commons, or a per-email “off the record” flag like Google Talk. There could even be “free to share” delivery options rather then keeping everything on an “honor system”.