Joshua Porter writes:
I think that SPAM does cause fatiguebut actually isnt powerful enough to get us to switch technologies. I think usability has a lot to do with actual switching. Simply put, we message in the easiest way possible.
In the current situation, social networks and text messaging on mobile phones are primary ways that teenagers message. They dont use email or IM as much as they used to (of course they still use it). I think the rise in the use of social networks and text messaging stems from them not only being easier and faster, but more contextual. For example, when you sign somebodys blog on MySpace (or wall in Facebook), the message shows up right where you spend a large part of your day. You dont have to fire up an email application and get mail to check to see if something is there. Its a crapshoot. In addition, there is no threading or linking that goes on in email. In social networking you can see so much more if you want toby simply clicking on the avatar of the person who sent the message.
So, what comes after social networks? Well, I think it will be a migration to socially-enabled features within existing applications that were already using.