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Are the death notices for email premature?

In a recent article on BNET, Inder Sidhu of Cisco predicts that email will be replaced by other communications media such as blogging, Twitter etc. I think this may be true for some individuals – I have read one or two blogs where people have announced “email bankruptcy” and said they will only communicate through blogs and tweets henceforth. Fair enough, although I wonder how anyone doing this can buy things online without an email address…

In an organisational context, however, email is far from dead. On the Guardian Tech podast last week, Jeff Bonfiorte of Xobni made the point that Microsoft Outlook, with upwards of 500m users, remains the largest internet application and the time spent by execs compulsively checking messages exceeds that spent on Facebook by the world’s twenty-somethings. Imperfect as it is – or rather our use of it – email is not going anywhere just yet.


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In a recent article on BNET, Inder Sidhu of Cisco predicts that email will be replaced by other communications media such as blogging, Twitter etc. I think this may be true for some individuals – I have read one or two blogs where people have announced “email bankruptcy” and said they will only communicate through blogs and tweets henceforth. Fair enough, although I wonder how anyone doing this can buy things online without an email address…

In an organisational context, however, email is far from dead. On the Guardian Tech podast last week, Jeff Bonfiorte of Xobni made the point that Microsoft Outlook, with upwards of 500m users, remains the largest internet application and the time spent by execs compulsively checking messages exceeds that spent on Facebook by the world’s twenty-somethings. Imperfect as it is – or rather our use of it – email is not going anywhere just yet.


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