Email: As Cool As Spats and Starched Collars

As Steve Rubel noted a couple of days ago, and as I touched on at the end of the e.politics section on building and maintaining email lists, younger people are using IM, blogs and social networking sites as a replacement for email, which they generally see as a way to get an attachment or exchange messages with an “elder,” not as a way to communicate with a peer. As they move into the workforce, will it change or will they?

I’m a huge fan of email as a communications medium, since it allows for a degree of reflection that IM lacks, but I’m also 37 and set in my ways as an online writer. As a result, I may be missing out on a revolution. But email is embedded in so many office communications streams that I don’t see it disappearing any time remotely soon, though I could see it becoming more the equivalent of a certified letter — an “official” rather than a personal communication. Does this join spam-blockers, list proliferation and recipient exhaustion as another factor that dooms email-list-based advocacy and fundraising to steadily dimishing returns?


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Colin Delany
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  • have you tried using trillian for IM? It automatically saves your conversation history with each buddy so that you don’t lose all record of your conversation. No replacement for formal communication, but allows me to go back and find that link that a coworker sent me 3 days ago…

  • Dave…

    Interesting topic… I’m working in this industry myself and I don’t agree about this in 100%, but I added your page to my bookmarks and hope to see more interesting articles in the future…