Why Twitter and Facebook Will Never Kill E-mail | Technomix | Fast Company

by on October 12, 2009

FastCompany has a nice article on the state of Email in the hierarchy of social media and why the new upstarts Twitter and Facebook will never unseat the king of digital communication: E-mail.

Email has a purpose and is evolved to fit this purpose well. It’s not going away any time soon, because while it’s not ideal, it’s almost infinitely more convenient than the paper-and-ink communications it replaced. And there’s more:

* You can’t embed a file directly in a Tweet.

* Would you trust Facebook, with its odd history of rights control, with a corporate Excel file?

* Legions of gray-surfers have adopted email as a way to keep in touch–they won’t be switching.

* While email is usually formatted informally, it’s still more formal than social networking norms–important in a business setting.

* Millions of BlackBerry and iPhone users will testify to mobile email’s convenience.

via Why Twitter and Facebook Will Never Kill E-mail | Technomix | Fast Company.

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