I was just struck by how similar my GMail experience was to the ReMail work that the CUE team at IBM Research published in 2003.
The experiences are different. But the integration of the GCalendar, live names (think GTalk status), thread size and threaded messages, thread visualization (reminds me of Rapportive), collection categorization (a combination of tags and priority). It’s amazing how prescient this work was almost 10 years ago. Amazing.
The best part is being able to track the researchers on LinkedIn: