Email Is For Old People?

from the get-with-the-program dept

A few years ago, we pointed to a report in Asia, where kids were saying that email was for old people, and they were more focused on things like text messaging. This may have just been foreshadowing a larger trend, highlight by an article in Slate about how, just as older generations have embraced emails, kids have moved on to many different forms of communication from instant messaging to text messaging to private messaging through social networks to broadcast messaging through Twitter and Facebook news feeds. And, while it worries the reporter a bit, he's come to accept it and realize that kids are simply figuring out the best, most efficient way to communicate different messages -- where email as a one-size-fits-all communication system is a bit clunky. That's not to say that email is going away any time soon -- but that it's not nearly as important a communication tool as many "older" people seem to assume it is.

Filed Under: email, generation gap, kids, private messaging, text messaging


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    Jean-Marc Liotier, 15 Nov 2007 @ 3:20am

    Email is open

    Kids may prefer other forms of communications, but they forget about the most important thing : email is open. Chose any technology, chose any provider or be your own provider - any way you do it you are still connected to the whole world. If you have the slightest understanding of your own interest, then there is no way you are going to even consider using a closed platform as your primary mean of communication.

    That said, the other ways to communicate may achieve the same goal of openness. Jabber is already there, and that is the only IM protocol I use. Maybe Opensocial will take us there some day. Until then I keep a foothold on big social platforms, but just to keep my foothold in the namespace.

    Open is everything - the rest is details. That is what brought me to the Internet fifteen years ago.

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