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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    Ted, 22 Apr 2010 @ 2:45pm

    Article mis-titled.

    Perhaps a better title for the article would have been "email is for people who care about communicating effectively." Twitter, facebook, and all the rest are all fine as far as they go but, if you want to send an effective message, email is still king.

    (Actually, killing a tree is probably even better; but we'll stick to electronic communiques.)

    Your tweets, your facebook wall, your myspace page -- that's where you put messages if it's not important to you whether I read them or not. If you're hoping to convey an idea and effect change, then you'll bother to fire up an email client.

    ...And you'll use whole words, capitalize and punctuate the way MY teachers taught me!

    Effective communication isn't about the author; it's about the audience. "Get with the program", indeed!

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