E-mail is the biggest social network
A few years ago I was working on a client and the work came to an end. In my mailbox (yes, a real place with magazines and letter and such), there was a letter for a co-worker thanking me for my hard work. I still have that letter. A hand-written letter in 2009.
Had it been an e-mail, it would have been tossed. Or e-tossed, I suppose.
Because, as much as e-mail is at the center of our lives, it’s not something we love. It’s something we need, e-mail has a huge adoption rate in corporations around the world.
But they are a failed social network, of sorts.
I have more than one e-mail address. Inside of each of those e-mail addresses is a contacts page filled with data about people. Depending on whether I’m using Outlook, gmail or Yahoo Mail, each tool tells me a little about the person I might e-mail. Outlook tells me if a colleague is at their desk. Yahoo tells me if they are online. With gmail, I can phone them.
All of these are great tools, but they are getting more and more annoying. I get about 300 e-mails a day.
This can’t go on. There has to be a better way.
What do you do with e-mail? How many e-mail addresses do you have? Could you live/work without e-mail?
- What To Do When Your Email Account is Compromised (ghacks.net)