For some time now, I have been working with my friend Francis Cianfrocca to build a communcation and networking alternative to e-mail. E-mail has its uses and advantages, but there are things that it simply does not do well, like maintaining user security for instance. We have been working on a project called Symposium, which we are hoping will serve as a supplement—or even a replacement—for e-mail in corporate settings, and which may serve as a one-stop shop where you can catch up on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ messages as well as messages from e-mail.
Our statement of purpose can be found here, and the code is here. We welcome eyeballs, tweaks and comments from the open source community. We are very excited about this project, and we believe that it can go a long way towards filling a void in the area of online communications.