OK, so maybe it isn’t really news. But Robert Cringley has eulogized email quite nicely. As someone who still remembers the thrill of sending his first email via BITNET, I feel it deserves a good eulogy if nothing else.
I have in my computer every e-mail message I have sent or received since 1992. Minus the obvious spam, this database comes to about half a million messages from people as varied (or similar, if you think about it) as Larry Ellison and Larry Flynt. But lately my e-mail seems to be dying. Yours is, too.
Many of the new and competing channels that Cringley discusses are currently just a smokescreen for the same old stuff, i.e. blog posts all pushed and re-pushed via different media – Facebook, twitter, etc.. Just see Cringley’s tweets as an example.