IBM Verse: It’s Started for Me

April 15, 2015

Nearly three months have passed since I signed up for the Verse program. Today was a milestone as I received an e-mail from IBM with a link to create my Verse Basic account.

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Let the fun begin.


FAQ about IBM Verse Basic

April 6, 2015

“All” your questions about IBM Verse Basic have been answered in the FAQ about IBM Verse Basic.

There are some exceptions to this list, like the answer to Question 16:

Q16. How can my friends and family sign up for IBM Verse Basic?

Oh, it’s easy to sign up, but good luck with the acknowledgement, welcome e-mail, and a user name/password. I still haven’t received mine. And it’s been at least two months.

Thanks, Bruce, for the link.

 

 


Old is New: Muting Threads or Conversations in IBM Verse

April 2, 2015

I was reminded this week that people have short attention spans.

IBM has released IBM Verse and one of the major features that IBM tours is muting threads or conversations in e-mail. That is, basically, if you are tired of being on an e-mail thread, you can “mute” it so that it does not appear.

This feature is not new.

From May 2010, I present to you how to mute threads and conversations in GMail and Outlook.

My fraternity mailing list is home to a great group of people, including some great entrepreneurs and some great investors. But when you get 400 opinionated MIT grads on a single mailing list, and the topic shifts to anything controversial, the discussion might explode. We’ve had well over 125 emails come through in the last three days after someone brought up the health care bill, and several folks have emailed to get off the discussion list list.

Don’t do that! Instead, use these super easy techniques to mute or filter the discussion out of your Inbox in less than 30 seconds. It’s faster than removing yourself from the mailing list, and better too, because when this discussion peters out, you’ll still be on the list in case something interesting comes up later.

Having some sort of parity with GMail and Outlook is good. Touting this as “new” is a bit disingenuous.

Thanks for the reminder, vowe.