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Email Is Not Going Anywhere 235

An anonymous reader writes: It seems the latest trend sweeping the online world is the idea that email is on its way out. Kids are eschewing email for any of the hundreds of different instant messaging services, and startups are targeting email as a system they can "disrupt." Alexis C. Madrigal argues that attempts to move past email are shortsighted and faddish, as none of the alternatives give as much power to the user. "Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices. Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled 'web we lost.' It's an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services." Madrigal does believe that email will gradually lose some of its current uses as new technologies spring up and mature, but the core functionality is here to stay.
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 16, 2014 @01:04PM (#47684863)

    Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are, in case you haven't noticed, and it's all but impossible to email most people any more, who prefer to be contacted on Facebook.

    Closed centralized platforms are winning. Email is dying.

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @01:06PM (#47684867)
    FFS, is this going to be another breathless article about how corporate email is going out to be replaced by Yammer or some other platform de jour? Because that shit is just a waste of time. When my corporation jumped on the Yammer train (no doubt after a fiery sales pitch by some consultant), I started to see - in my email inbox, ironically - the hourly Yammer feed. It was 95% comprised of threads started by upper management which had zero to do with my day's work and which accreted into long long long posts as middle and junior managers jumped in with witless 'great idea!!!!' comments. You could smell the fecal matter on their noses. The other 5% was actual information passing between business units I had no contact with or interest in. But I am sure that in the next year or so some bright MBA will be sold on the idea of abandoning email and transitioning over to whatever the kids are using that week so that instead of getting actual targeted communications in my inbox I will be deluged with useless bullshit.
  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @01:34PM (#47684975) Journal

    There is still some faxing going on at our office, but the ubiquitousness of easy-to-use scanners means more and more of the documents that we used faxes for are just being sent via email. We won a contract a few years ago and literally had the hundred page document faxed to us, and then we signed and witnessed the back sheet and sent it back via fax. The last amendment was done via email. When even the lawyers are walking away from fax machines, it is definitely a technology on the wane.

  • E-mail marketing (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 16, 2014 @01:38PM (#47684997)

    I'm in e-mail marketing.
    Wait; not the spam kind, but the kind you have to double opt-in to before recieving only those mails you explicitely want.

    The e-mail marketing market has been watching social media (mostly facebook and twitter) with interrest, as it was promissed to be the next big thing for marketeers. As it turns out, social media has already had it's popularity peak and it wasn't very high. People still use e-mail far (talking magnitude-level "far") more than social media.

    Not talking about the individuals on twitter tweeting to the whole world whenever they take a shit or eat a meal (preferably not in that order), but about the hundreds of people who don't do that but still communicate with their friends, family, collegues, etcetera. Those are the silent majority.

    From a marketing point of view, if you could either spend 1,000$ on e-mail or 100,000$ on twitter, you'd have more success with e-mail.

    In hindsight, social media has never even remotely been a thread to e-mail dominance.

  • Re:Duh. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by wiredlogic ( 135348 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @01:42PM (#47685009)

    At one place I worked they used IM extensively in-house to send messages. It was a bit weird when someone two cubes over messaged you but for quick updates it is more efficient than getting up and disturbing neighbors with a voice conversation.

  • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @03:19PM (#47685425)

    Closed centralized platforms are winning. Email is dying.

    E-mail is not dying, I expect that its growth is not necessarily increasing at the same rate as before, but it's certainly not contracting.

    Besides, as has been proven, many technologies don't die off just because new ones are added. At work I still occasionally receive paper intra-office memos that aren't mass-distribution. We still have a FAX machine and routinely use it to both receive and send. We all still have landline telephones at our desks through our private, carrier-grade phone system, and there are only a handful of us that have forwarded our desk phones to our cells. We still send and receive via postal mail, and hell, in some countries one can still send a telegraph that's hand-courier delivered.

    Facebook right now is the most popular Compuserve or AOL, or even Myspace. It will fade in time as they make missteps and as peoples' interests change.

  • by Gavagai80 ( 1275204 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @06:17PM (#47686067) Homepage

    it's all but impossible to email most people any more

    This does not match my experience at all. Everyone has an email address, if you want to contact someone it's the one thing you can ask for that you can be sure will work. Sure, they may email you back to say that they prefer to have chatty conversations on facebook.

  • by Dan541 ( 1032000 ) on Saturday August 16, 2014 @09:29PM (#47686793) Homepage

    >Yes, because whenever I look at job postings, they always say: Hit us up on the Facebookz! in the contact information section.

    That's because the job postings are posted by older people who grew up in the days of email. Just wait until the 20-somethings are running companies and handling HR.

    Yes, generally only mature people are allowed to run companies.

    If your prediction was at all plausible then why haven't I seen requests for job applications via MSN Messenger, ICQ etc....?

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