Almost a year ago, I riffed on the death of email. Apparently, email didn’t get the message, and rumors of its demise were exaggerated.
While Generation Y thinks email is for old farts, it still serves as the single most dominant digital form of communication. So much so that New Web properties like Facebook and MySpace have added inboxes that can send mail to and receive mail from external addresses.
Incidentally, each has added chat, and Facebook is building an Jabber/XMPP interface to allow its chat to be accessible outside Facebook. These features point to the overall requirement for a single communication place. We all have too much communication, and making it available in a single location is the first step toward actually replying to it all.
The main point here is that people won’t be dragged away from their inboxes without a fight. Several of the coolest apps I’ve seen lately get this and follow the tried and true aphorism “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”.
I’ve covered TripIt and Twitterfone before, and thanks to Rich and Matt, I’m dabbling with Sandy, Remember the Milk and Jott, each of which follows the same theory allowing me to interact using my interface of choice, email, IM, SMS, Twitter, voice, etc. rather than sending me to yet another web page.
Check out Andy Denmark’s presentation from Web 2.0 Expo.I especially like the “Why Email Made Sense for TripIt” slide because they turned a pain point, i.e. transcribing email itineraries into calendars, into a slick app that wows everyone.
So, what do you think? Agree that email is far from dead, or think I was right from the start? What about using email as an interface to other apps? Or are you so sick of email that you can’t bear to use it anymore?
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