Email getting lots of attention

A quick rundown:

Nov 13, 2007:
  • Marshall Kirkpatrick from readwriteweb.com wrote "it took Facebook to introduce people to RSS in a way that was really compelling." and "The social network of the future will be populated by the RSS feeds of the activities of your friends and your friends will be determined by email."
Yesterday:
  • "The Death of E-Mail" on Slate said "Those of us older than 25 can't imagine a life without e-mail. For the Facebook generation, it's hard to imagine a life of only e-mail..." and "Instant-messaging, mobile text-messaging, blogging, micro-blogging, and social-networking profiles all help compensate for e-mail's shortcomings." and "It's not hard to imagine a future communications command center where, on a single screen, you'll be able to choose between sending an e-mail, instant message, status note, or blog post—or sending all of them at once—and then have all those bits of text neatly and securely archived."
  • Nick O'Neill wrote on "Email Becomes Center of Social Networks?" "I’m not quite sure how I feel about using my email for the center of my social network but maybe my feelings will change once it launches."
  • "Inbox 2.0 isn’t coming, it is here." on Xobni blog said "We realized after building Xobni analytics and playing with email data for 6 months that the most interesting data in email revolved around relationships."
  • Mathew Ingram wrote skeptically on Can getting social make email better? "for me, email is pretty close to broken."
  • Don Dodge wrote "Email contacts - the natural social network" and said "Email is where [people] naturally communicate and collaborate. Social networks are another isolated island of information."
  • Steven Hodson wrote "For me using email as my social network hub doesn’t depend on integration with outside environments or the need to be widgetized in some fashion or other. Instead my Inbox needs tools like Xobni and some serious attention to dealing with spam." and "We already have been using the original social network for a very long time - it just needs some fixing up and new tools to make it better."
Today:
  • Google announced the new Google Apps Email Migration API for customers whose existing mail systems don't support IMAP.
  • Sachin Balagopalan thinks it’s time to phase out email from the work place. "The profound difference [...] is that social networks enable you to participate in a virtual team or community and IMO that is conducive to the business environment - we all belong to a team at work and we interact with our team members. Email on the other hand was not designed with the community in mind rather it’s based on an “account” and you can send and receive emails from any account."

I shared my Messaging 2.0 idea with Han today and she seems to like it. I'm hoping to find some time during Thanksgiving holiday to refine and formalize the architecture.

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email me as mush as you can

Posted by adrian on November 13, 2008 at 04:53 AM PST #

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