First class e-mail
Does it happen to you? People just don't reply to your important e-mails ... and when you ask them, they don't even remember receiving such an e-mail. Here's an idea how browsers might be used to distinguish e-mails that senders want to be especially brought to the receiver's attention. How about creating "First-class e-mail"? People pay to have a particular message drawn to the attention of the receiver. Paying creates the small barrier that discourages frivolous or repeated use. Such micropayments for this and other services could become a natural part of browser use, with each browser having an electronic wallet feature First-class e-mails would appear in a separate window that would immediately be drawn to the reader's attention. Such e-mails would automatically request acknowledgement of receipt....
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