Gmail’s recent policy changes that let you designate someone to control your account after you’re gone is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the confusing issues around who can access your online life once you pass away.
Judith Donath sees conversations differently. The fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center designs social interfaces for online interaction. As an instructor, she’s given students the assignment of visualizing conversations. Here, Francis Lam, a new-media artist and former Donath pupil, spins an internal Fast Company thread into an infographic. The tower setup "has a subtly prescriptive air," writes Donath in her forthcoming book, Signals, Truth & Design. "One wants to make the tower of messages well-balanced." We’ll let you judge.