Email is Dead? Oh Really?

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The WSJ is making the call—email isn't as important as social networks. It's an interesting conclusion, derived from the fact that both growth and absolute numbers are on the side of social networking this year. That's kind of weird.

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You might someday send resumes or other important documents over Facebook and Twitter, but Email is never going to be "dead". In fact, with push email on your phone, it's basically as instant as any of the other networks.

Google Wave might also be pretty interesting when the people pimping it out call it what email would look like if it were invented today. It's too early to tell. But for it to be truly ubiquitous—and it has to be in order to replace email—it can't be hosted by just one company.

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Think of it this way: if people are still using Fax machines—fucking FAX MACHINES—on a daily basis, there's no way that Email will be excised from our collective productivity streams. Not when it's this much more usable by the average person than faxes.

Lastly, how did they come up with the number of social network subscriptions being higher than email, when all social networks require you to sign up with an email account? [WSJ]

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I read the article earlier today. Summary: "With superfast twitter and facebook and instant messages, who needs pokey-slow attachment-oriented email?" The answer is, of course, "Old people in Korea".

I would never count on any opinion or prognostication by the WSJ to have much value.

SMTP will live forever. Newsgroups were supposedly dead twenty years ago, too. The kicker for me was the sendup of sharepoint as a miraculous way for companies to decrease email traffic. Yeah, right.

I'm not sure how old Jessica is, but my guess is that she has never known a world without email. Jessica, dear, I can't wait to see you write the same article in 20 years, when email is still alive and well.

Oh, and by the way, X is still very much alive. I'm running an XServer and a bunch of XTerms right now. Love 'em.