I read an email this morning that began with “Good Evening!” Well, yes, maybe when you wrote it, but it joggled my early-morning mind a bit reading nevertheless. I’ve experienced similar miscommunication talking with my dad when he is abroad – if it is 10am in DC and 3pm in London, is that a good morning or afternoon?
Computers, naturally, are exceedingly good at this kind of thing. Hell even the last Pokemon version I played (Silver) adapted to the time of day. Paul Graham suggested that email needs to be replaced, and I think conditional logic is just one of many basic HCI improvements that can be made. We’ve all been there, furiously pinching-to-zoom inside emails designed for more spacious displays.
Sure there are limits – email size would certainly go up, mobile connections would strain even harder – but with breathtakingly quick hardware becoming the mainstream and LTE connections increasing bandwidth, why not shoot for the stars*?
*unless it is daytime, when the sun may be a more fitting analogy