Monday, November 15, 2010

Is there a future for email?

I've been thinking a lot about email recently.  We still use it all the time for work, but I've noticed that very little of my personal communications are via email.  Facebook and Twitter and texting have taken over. If I want to reach my daughters, I send them a text.  Same with Karen.  Same with my friends.  I suppose if I was younger I'd be doing it via Twitter.

So is email dying? Perhaps not:  Facebook wants its own email to be a Gmail killer.  Everyone wants their email to be more social.  And I can't walk away from my corporate email for 10 minutes without the inbox filling up; in fact, when I get on an airplane and lose contact for some number of hours, it is almost frightening how many new emails await me when I turn on my smartphone.

I guess it's still here - but it will be fascinating to see how it evolves.

Maybe Dilbert understands it the best:

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