I’m sure most of you will not agree, or you’ll convince yourself otherwise. News.com has an interesting article with the catching headline, “Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead”. This got me to thinking about dead letters, for some odd reason.
Like it or not, email is dying. Just like face-time gave way to phone calls, and calls faded away for email. Apparently, texting and social network messaging (including the Twitters, Pownces and Jaikus of the world) are the replacement communication media.
I suppose IM is somewhere in there, but since it’s doesn’t (always) give you a permanent record of a message, e.g. if the other person is not logged on, I’ll leave it to the side for now.
Rumor has it that Facebook is building an email application, which makes perfect sense for them. What better way to draw in MySpace users by allowing Facebook users to mail them directly from Facebook and simultaneously take another step toward Facebook as the new interwebs-desktop-telephone machine.
The big question will be how spam-free can they keep it? Spam has done more to kill email than anything else has. Facebook is relatively spam-free and proud of it. If they can overcome that hurdle, the end game will begin sooner.
Email will continue to be the bastion of corporate communication, but check back in 3-5 years. Enterprises are slow to adopt, but this one will be driven by the new users. Those kids that are in school now.
I’m curious to hear what you think. Is email dead or dying? Am I nuts? Bonus points for naming your first email account and client. Mine was email@example.com, and we used the Emacs-based client Elm (and later the Pine). Wow, I feel old.