Here’s a fun fact: email was first used in 1965.  That means it predates the internet, hell it even predates ARPANET, which was the precursor to the internet.  Sadly, nobody has cared to improve email in the past 44 years aside from the addition of MIME, which allowed the sending of embedded multimedia.

At its very essence, email is the digital equivalent to snail mail (postal service).  You take a simple message and perhaps some attachments, and send it to either a single person  or to a group of people.  The communication path however, is disjointed.  Depending on how the recipients of your message respond, the conversation can become an entwined, branching mess of time-wasting garbage.  And if somebody is added late to the trail of emails, catching up on the conversation becomes an exercise in scrolling and skimming, which can only lead to overlooking pertinent threads of the conversation.

While email is meant to be a tool used today in business for collaboration and efficient communication, most (if not all) companies are turning towards alternative means of collaboration to enhance the way that their employees work.  Whether it be a company wide twitter platform, or an intranet blogging platform, or even simply instant messaging services the growing trend is that email is nearing it’s end.  The people have spoken, and email simply doesn’t cut it in the world of twitter, the blogosphere, and Gmail anymore.

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