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Oct 17, 2012


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Dan Anderson-Little

I'm really curious about this Mike--as a father of three kids who mostly communicate via texting, FaceBook, and Twitter, I can see what this person means. I often have to send my kids a text after I send them an email so they will read the email. But much of my email is texting by another means--that is I am coordinating with one person (or a small groups of people). And many people my age (45-60) don't text nearly as much as they email. And Twitter and other social sites require that people monitor those with some sort of newsfeed or aggregator. I don't know many people my age who use news feeds. If it is intra-organizational communication, I think the notion of "conversations" makes sense. But email still has a place--it is frequently better than phone calls because you need a response soon, but not immediately. And, most importantly, how will I be able to warn my friends about the latest computer virus that will END THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

Michael W. Kruse

Dan, initially entitled this "Death to Email! (Sort of)". ;-) I think the issue is that we have tried to use email as tool to accomplish many things it was never intended do and does not do well. My theory is that corporations will develop models that are going to spread out to the public. I'm right on the edge of getting HootSuite. Email won't completely disappear any time soon, anymore than snail mail will. But hopefully newer more productive models are on their way.

And BTW, yes it is the end of the world as we know it. And along with R.E.M., I feel fine. ;-)

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Hmmm... it sounds like he's suggesting something similar to Google Wave.


Not sure how a "Platform" will be any better than e-mail for promotiong conversations. The folks that check their e-mail several times a day will check the "platform" several times a day. The folks that look at their e-mail 3 times a week will look at the "platform" about as often.

Of course a business can make regular checking of the platform a requirement of it's employees. A little harder to do with a committee of volunteers.

Michael W. Kruse

Cameron, maybe Myspace is Facebook as Wave is to whatever this next new platform is. ;-

Ceemac, I'm thinking of trying to solve a problem by doing something like a blog post and having people crowd source a solution, rather than sending out an email that develops of endless collection of email responses, branching to multiple threads, with one thread or place to see the entire discussion.

There is also software that makes meeting scheduling far less painless than the process of 20-30 emails that can emerge from five people trying to set a date for a meeting.

Instead of sending an email to describe an important new idea, people could video conference a presentation and interact on the spot.

I suspect there will always be a need for something akin to email but a lot of the stuff we try to do by email could be done much better using other platforms. That was my point.

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