Why Email No Longer Rules…

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  1. HardOCP News

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    The Wall Street Journal claims that “e-mail no longer rules,” saying it is no longer the king of communications. Does that even sound close to being right? Twitter and Facebook are overtaking e-mail?

     
  2. elrechazao

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    asinine - totally ignores the use of email in serious contexts like business. Sorry, I don't twitter interoffice to my staff or coworkers, or update the latest project or contract on facebook.
     
  3. dC0m

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    I still use email for personal contact. I just don't feel like twittering to everyone about my next project or update my news feed on facebook about my latest happening.

    I have a FB, but not Twitter. I don't tweet, you twats.
     
  4. jester1176

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    I think this is spot on. Rarely do I send an email to friends any more. I update my facebook page and everyone I give half a rats-ass about knows what's going on in my life. If I have an event going on that I want friends to come to, I send a Facebook event invite out.
     
  5. grizzed

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    wrong - am I going to tweet my way around work? or FB the next meeting - please hold all questions to the end and put them on my wall.

    I don't give a rats ass if anyone knows what going on in my life .... if you need to know what's going on in my life you're already a part of what's going on. No tweets or FB here
     
  6. HOCP4ME

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    For personal uses, yes, I almost never use email anymore in favor of IM and Facebook.

    In the workplace, email is still going strong. I, however, really wish it would be replaced. Compared to other forms of online communication, it is terribly disorganized and slow. Push email makes this better, but not everyone has that, so you still can't send an email to someone and expect an immediate reply.

    I can't wait until Google Wave is launched. I really hope that takes off in the workplace where it can really make a difference, not just as another way for families to share and discuss vacation memories (who the hell actually does that, anyway?)
     
  7. Keiichi

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    There was a time that people thought e-mail wasn't a form of serious communication. Things had to be done either by phone or snail mail. It's just an evolution of communications
     
  8. Jagger100

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    I have no stomach for twitter as its commonly used. It has its place for rapid announcements that are too quick to put on a website and you don't want to e-mail.

    Like a radio show shooting out the contact info for a guest or a store announcing they've just run out of the new xbox.

    Any use other than that I find unsettling and creepy. I've always found catch rooms creepy too.
     
  9. Madman0

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    Yeah, language skills will go even further down the tubes. Great.
     
  10. Sent

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    Who writes this stuff?
     
  11. TheBuzzer

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    I am still a im type of guy when talking to friends. I barely use my facebook and dont even have a twitter account.
     
  12. [RIP]Zeus

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    Hey this is the FAMOUS Wall Street Journal, everything they write is the truth :rolleyes:
     
  13. dandirk

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    Sorry I don't believe email will be replaced anytime soon. Though IM, Twitter, FB are popular and have their uses, they still can't replace the functionality of e-mail.

    I applaud these other forms of communication, they are great to have but are still limited.
     
  14. -PK-

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    I'll just write out my attachments in 140 character blocks of binary, no thank you.
     
  15. POWerSUrgeSW3

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    Plus how do a lot of people get alerts to emails and new posts on most of those sites but by email? I know I don't site on my Facebook refreshing my inbox waiting for messages, but wait until my email notification comes in. Seems a little silly. Then again the texting replaces phone calls, I guess anything is possible :eek:
     
  16. Proneax

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    and, this is the post above kyle's b-day announcement asking people not to email him but facebook instead....
     
  17. Enduring_Warrior

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    A moron who cheated to get a degree and wants you to think he's smarter than you. The least effort the better baby. The least amount of time you expend thinking also the better.
     
  18. bbf

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    The weird thing is the article states that 276.9 million people used email and 301.5 million people use a social networking site... but doesn't every social networking site require an email address to register? :-O

    But pretty much I give the article a big "who cares". So traditional non-push email is no longer the dominant method of communication in the electronic age because something newer has supplanted it... be it IM, SMS, social networking, whatever, it's called progress.

    I for one will never "twit" my status or change it on "facebook" since I don't want to advertise my every single move to my "followers"... I've got a big ego, but not *that* big. If somebody cares what I'm doing, they'll know my cell phone number and they can send me a text or give me a call. Who really cares if anybody's sitting on the "throne" trying to do a #2? (other than your SO, so he/she/it may want to avoid the "throne room" for the next 1/2 hour or so till the odour dissipates.) I don't care if it's the President, nor if it's some Hollywood celebrity babe that I'd lust after... it's just information that I don't care about.
     
  19. Nanan

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    Twitter is for neurotic teenagers, FB is fine for keeping up with friends, IM/text is great for quick info between friends, real work is done via email.
     
  20. ICOM

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    Good God...
     
  21. SamuraiInBlack

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    Twitter will take over when business meetings can be held in 140 characters or less.

    "Gj guys, no raises tho! lolz XD"
     
  22. EngrChris

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    The "lay off by blog post" comes to mind. In fairness, we need a new email system to help solve the spam problem.
     
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    "Ur job has been outsourced 2 India kthxbai"
     
  24. DanNeely

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    There's no guarantee that an IM will trigger an immediate response either. Farthermore the arrogance in assuming that WTF you need to ask me is so important that it requires an immediate interruption of what I'm doing and consequent loss of several minutes of productivity due to the interruption is the primary reason I refuse to use jabber at work outside of exceptional circumstances. Not logging in at all is more intellectually honest than setting a permanent away message of "Working", disabling all forms of blinky notification and only checking it periodically like I do with email. Fortunately my coworkers have become sufficiently computer dependent that they only pick up the phone or walk over to chat when it really is something that can't wait.
     
  25. Arainach

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    E-Mail is still the king for those professional contexts (work, academia, interviewing, etc., etc.) where telephones don't hold a deathgrip. For informal social communication, other networks may be catching on, but e-mail's still big where it counts.
     
  26. Digital Cro-Magnon

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    Email will still be used in business and academia for the foreseeable tech future. Twitter and FB is used for friends and family for the most part.
     
  27. TheCommander

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    I don't like Twitter and Facebook. I prefer email.
     
  28. rudy

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    I see where they are going what we really need is a totally new form of communication. Something that condenses each of the different ways of communicating into 1. For instance text messaging and instant messaging are virually the same. The only problem is most of the instant messenger programs just do not do justice to IRC style channels something they really need to seamlessly integrate into IM. Then there is longer non real time communication like email and then there is social networks like facebook where you post information publicly. We need Yahoo, Gooogle, and M$ to get together and standardize a protocol which allows them all to communicate and do all of these things all at the same time with video and sound chat options as well. And it all has to work real time on a phone and it has to move with you to whatever device you are on, laptop, phone, desktop or maybe even TV. Then I will be happy. The problem right now is I just cannot keep up with all the forms of communication. I do think google is moving in the right direction though by integrating chat and video into email. I love the way many instant messenger programs can text message people but I wish it would just do that automatically if they are offline.
     
  29. Alistair Roe

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    Google Wave anyone? Actually, was anyone invited by Google itself?
     
  30. Frobozz

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    Funny thing is that when you look at the actual content of most meetings, they probably could be conducted in 140 characters or less. :p
     
  31. Ritorix

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    I'm sick of hearing about Twitter from the media. I dont know if they are just trying to gain mindshare so they can sell for a higher price or what, but in a year or three it will be gone.
     
  32. az_max

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    I'm still on IRC with a group of people I've known as far back as 1992. I passed on most of the IM stuff because normally the person I wanted to talk with was with me, or at least in the other room. I got on Myspace for the girlfriend (common place to post pics of her kids) and migrated to FB with the adult crowd. Now I've got 60 'friends' from high school, some who wouldn't have given me the time of day back then.
     
  33. dagas

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    I think it's more likely that Twitter and FB are going to die than e-mail. Who knows though, people thought e-mail would die and we would begin sending old school letters instead.
     
  34. aKrippler

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    Maybe soon, when something like google wave ends up destroying lotus notes, then we will see email totally done away with.
     
  35. vengence

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    this is why I don't read the WSJ....
     
  36. heatlesssun

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    Another piece of insane piece of insane IT journalism crap. I use email FOR EVERYTHING! Yes, I get alerts from all of the social networking tools IN MY EMAIL so that I don't have to go to 1000 different places to get updates.

    Retards.
     
  37. Cerulean

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    Hierarchy of Suckage (from worst to best):

    MySpace is the drainage pipe for poop.
    Twitter simply sucks.
    Facebook is unhealthy (please, there's something called "reality").
    E-mail is to real letters (almost), while IMing is to classic phone calls (IRC doesn't count).
    Reality is on top.
     
  38. TechLarry

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    I haven't heard of anyone being fired via Twitter.

    Yet...
     
  39. Altanar

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    I haven't sent or received a personal email in two years or so. All of my friends and family use social networking sites to communicate... and these days, mostly Facebook, with some Twitter mixed in.

    The only thing I use email for is to receive newsletters, sales receipts, and signing up for accounts on web sites, which is basically the same use I get out of the regular mail.

    From my experiences, the WSJ article is pretty dead on. I do find it amusing, however, on how many people don't believe it. I think it's under the same category as people who don't believe that there are any women who play games--people who are so involved in their own subculture that it's hard for them to imagine things otherwise. Or maybe it's a generation thing. Maybe Gen X'ers and older complaining about social media sites is the digital equivalent to the rant George Will of the Washington Post wrote about people wearing jeans. ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/15/AR2009041502861.html )
     
  40. radioactivez0r

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    This seems like WSJ telling you the state of things instead of reporting on the state of things.