Future of Email
How long is email going to be a valid form of communication. Sure, we know that statistically Gen M prefer to use IM, SMS and social networks to keep in contact but increasingly my professional colleagues are choosing to use IM as opposed to email.
At a recent meeting I was exchanging my contact details with a colleague who looked at my card and said, “No not email, what are your IM details. It soon emerged that this was a common theme of the 30 or so people I spoke with at the meeting, IM details and cell numbers were exchanged as opposed to email addresses.
The pattern that emerged was to use all of the main IM applications, MSN, Yahoo, GTalk and Skype with the same username. Also if you would use the same username for all of the popular social networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo, FaceBook, Hi5 etc. This removes the need for business cards and various forms of communication such as email, SMS, etc.
During the past two weeks I have solely used IM to stay in contact with all of my contacts with few minor exceptions due to time differences and sending official documentation. I have noticed my day is much more productive and decisions are completed almost immediately.
Again I contemplate the future relevance of private web sites and now email.