Email must die

We’re all getting more connected all the time. More connections equals more communications. Too many communications and we get nothing else done.

Fortunately communications can be consolidated. But not with email. (I don’t think I can explain why email sucks better than Naomi Dunford at IttyBiz did, so just go to the link.) One great way to tell everyone who could possibly care that you are away/sick/available for coffee at so-and-so time, is by tweeting it. Yes, that’s right. Microblogging can help kill email. For more complicated things like sharing ideas: regular blogging.

This all seems pretty obvious after actually typing it out. So where does it go? That’s the interesting part.

We may be doomed to live in a world, from here on out, where we never really connect with anyone. All our blog comments just get lost in a sea of other people’s blog comments and none of them get read ever.

Or we have to think of it like advertising. We see a billion or something ads every day. How many do we notice? Like one? Two maybe if we’re still big enough suckers to own a TV? Point is, the ones that get noticed usually get noticed because they put a ton of effort into getting noticed by 1) being relevant and 2) being rewarding in some way. It seems silly to have to think it out like this for basic human-to-human interactions, but with a billion or something of us all communicating all the time, something has to be done. Either make yourself interesting and relevant, or keep hoping for an apocalypse.

Also, contemplate this: with constant updates, geo-tagging and all that crap, I could just be like, “Well guys I’m heading over to Cafe Whatever, anyone into whatever it is I feel like talking about today can show up.” Or with augmented reality, I could just kick back and turn my real-life chat settings to “available” when I’m out, and meet people that way. In the real world. Where stuff is actually manageable.

And I might get free coffee.

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 1, 2010 at 01:32 | Permalink

    cool post. I don’t know if I’m ready to give up on email so easily. Part of the problem with email is that all current software treats it as a flat list. Maybe by seeing it differently, we can think of different ways to organize and prioritize? Some of the live visualizations of the website are instructive…

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