Email – Necessary and Insufficient

Writes Kevin Werbach: “Email has become both necessary and insufficient. In many ways, email is the perfect communications medium: quick, easy, durable, asynchronous, ubiquitous, accessible on a range of devices, and stretchable from one-to-one conversation to thousand-member discussion lists. In other ways, email stinks. It’s not good for structured, ongoing relationships involving documents and other types of information, which is what Groove tries to address. Moreover, it doesn’t work for material you want to post for public consumption, which is where Weblogs come in handy. And don’t get me started on email client software — it hit an evolutionary dead-end right around the time the Web came along.”

While email will remain the cornerstone of how we communicate, other forms of messaging like IM and SMS (on cellphones) will continue to become more popular. Blogs and RSS feeds can become a viable alternative to sending you group mails.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.