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Email is SO 1999

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 11:54 am
by Heimidal
An Engadget article wrote: Want to feel old? A survey of a middle, high school, and college students in South Korea found that over two-thirds of students there rarely or never use email and supposedly young people are starting to think of email as something overly formal that you use only for business purposes or to communicate with your less tech savvy parents or grandparents who are still stuck in the Nineties (when email was king). For them it’s all about text and instant messaging, and by comparison, even email seems like an incredibly slow way to communicate. Do they even have postal service in Korea anymore?

I find this quite interesting, and it's not limited to South Korea at all. Sociologically, I think the implications here are pretty important - email was a revolution and IM/SMS is beating that revolution to a bloody pulp. I write only 10-20 emails a day now, and at least 90% are business-related.

I now write anywhere from 500-750 text messages a month and am getting a phone with mobile AIM sometime in the next few months. Text messages are so much more convenient than a phone call and much more accessible than email. Does anyone else have the same experience?

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 12:04 pm
by soxie
I get e-mail, although the majority of those being "You have a new private message at". I don't send e-mail. I use AIM and MSNM, but rarely am I ever not away.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:31 pm
by revsorg
I just got a new mobile phone (Nokia 6230 replacing a Nokia 6100) and was surprised by how much it has converged with PC technology, containing an MMC card that can potentially hold 1Gb of data, plays MP3s, takes pictures and movies, can work over Bluetooth, infrared and a USB cable. It's hard to ignore how much it can add to the capabilities of my laptop, and how much more communicative it makes me.

It's not that the previous phone didn't do these things, it's just that it's making heavy inroads into what I rely on my laptop for, and also makes my laptop much more accessible to a wide range of forms of communication. I expect that in a couple of years (if that) the two technologies will have simply converged.

Part of that process of convergence will be that the decision to text, instant messenge, email, skype, or video messenge (or whatever) will all happen on any device that I'm holding at a given point in time, and it will be able to talk to whatever device anyone else is holding.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:24 pm
by _Trinity_
I use email....100% for business, for friends MSN.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 3:35 pm
by Techie-Micheal
I do use IM, but I use email more. I like having the trail so that if an email gets lost, I can resend it, or if someone accuses me of something, I have proof. Some IM's don't store logs on the user's PC, so it is hard to go back and repeat something you said earlier, or backup a dispute.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 4:02 pm
by arhodes16
You haven't linked to the full source of the article but from the snippet it doesn't provide any evidence that IM/text messaging is replacing email and hence email is 'old', it just states that Korean kids would prefer to use IM/text messaging to chat and rarely use email.

There is nothing new or revolutionary about this and this is exactly how things were in 1999 - IM/text messaging does not replace email or post, it replaces phone calls. Instant messaging, text messaging and phone calls are all for either short individual messages or for a series of short messages that make a conversation in 'real time'. Email has never done this, or tried to do this. Email replaces post - if you want to send a longer piece of communication you use an email or a letter, as opposed to a phone call or an IM/text message for a short message or conversation.
The article wrote: even email seems like an incredibly slow way to communicate

How can email be slow? It is instant, especially when compared to a letter. The fact that it may take a while to write an email compared to a text message/instant message simply relates to the length of the message, and the fact that email has never been designed to have a real time conversation with, even if the near instant nature of email allows this.
Heimidal wrote: Text messages are so much more convenient than a phone call and much more accessible than email.

I'm not sure what phones are like in the US at the moment, but the last two mobiles I've owned have received/sent email and store the messages in the same inbox as the text messages if you want - so email is no less accessible than a text message.

To join in the 'I use <bla> because <bla>' posts, I use everything when the use is correct.
- Instant messaging when you want to communicate in real time using a PC (eg. talking to work colleagues in different locations)
- Email when I need to send a longer message, or have an easy to track stored record of the messages. For example communicating with clients regarding technical issues.
- Text messaging when I need to send a short message to someone, or have a conversation when a phone call would not be appropriate (a text is much more discrete than a phone call, and doesn't demand the person stops what he/she is doing. It is often also cheaper, especially mobile -> mobile).
- Phone when I need to have a conversation in real time.
- Post when a hard copy is required.

None of the above is revolutionary, and none of the above has really changed in the last few years, other than the fact more people have access to the newer technologies.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:14 pm
by xdarkday
This is my order of which i use the most.

PM's on BB's

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:57 pm
by Ksilebo
With work, I sent thousands of emails a month. At home, I prefer communicating over AIM unless they're in a timzone where I'm never awake during their waking hours.

SMS/Shortmail/MMS is something a bit newer to me, I just got a Treo 650 with Sprint, so I can send email and SMS/MMS from my phone, and check email hourly. So, I enjoy being up on everything at all times. Helps with ebay transactions, and managing sites on my dedicated server. I can SSH in from anywhere I have a Sprint signal.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:05 pm
by prince_of_oreon
I used to be widely available on any number of chat clients. That got boring, and prefer being productive when online. I still prefer email since the onus is not on a person to respond right away. Also the fact that I have come very close to amalgamating all my emails to one business / personal email address is an exciting, historic moment for me. I am still on MSN once a month when the moon is full.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:09 pm
by iloserman
I Love e-mail. I use that along with most other tools availible in my arsonal. Since I do work with people and clients on the other side of the world.

However I find that the newest way [ And most free way ] is Talking one on one to your computer, as in Skype. Its a lot eaiser to verbally explain how to fix something than typeing it out. Its free, unlike your phone. I'm sure soon though e-mails will be a thing of the past, much like snail mail has become. though still used, it will die off.

Replaced with some other form of faster more efficient way to comunicate. Untill than, e-mails along with other assortment of tools are used just about everyday.


Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:01 pm
by Rapid Dr3am
I send on a good day 50 emails.
On a bad day 300+ emails.

I send on average 50-80 SMS a day, and I have MSNM, Aim, ICQ, Y! on my mobile phone.

I can also recive email to my phone.

The use of GPRS being free (part of my network offer thingy) means that I can constantly be in touch with business related items world wide regardless of were I am.

I also use the bluetooth option to allow wireless internet when in my car, or similar situation.

If I was to rely on just email I don't think I could truely function properly.

Not least of all the amount of phone calls I make and recive on a daily basis.

Land line home - 5-10 calls a day.
Land line office - 20-50 calls a day.
Mobile - 30 - 40 calls a day.

I recive around 80 SMS a day, useually my girlfriend asking me how I am, but they all add up.

I seriously couldn't work wihout it.

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:38 pm
by Graphic
I open my AIM about once a week for about an hour. I never text message, I don't even have a cell phone. I e-mail all day at work. At home when I need to talk to someone, I call them.... imagine that. :roll:

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:40 pm
by xdarkday
Graphic wrote: At home when I need to talk to someone, I call them.... imagine that. :roll:
I would agree that most of my freinds in life i call but ones i can talk to aim i would rather. I dont like talking on the phone.

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:24 am
by Ksilebo
Graphic wrote: I open my AIM about once a week for about an hour. I never text message, I don't even have a cell phone. I e-mail all day at work. At home when I need to talk to someone, I call them.... imagine that. :roll:

The man is still stuck in 1997...

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 4:49 pm
by Sambo001
Ive never written a txt/sms.....

Damn.... I feel old! :cry: