Almost every new shiny web tools pop up somewhere on the Internet using terms like productivity booster, streamlined communications, one-stop contact point and the like. All claiming to be the next best thing since email.
And to top it up, there are other things which are also killing email such as spam, incorrectly blacklisted legitimate emails, the advent of IM, and file dropbox services.
Personally, I don’t think that email is going belly up anytime soon. Why?
- It’s a mature, globally-accepted communications protocol
- Although it has some flaws, none of them are really critical to the point that the problems can’t be solved without overhauling the protocol
- There are still room for innovation for email; just look at Gmail’s labels and how much more useful it is compared to the traditional folders approach
- Spam filtering software is abundant and can be obtained by anyone and most of them are getting better everyday
- The email protocol is very flexible; you can send not only text, but also attachments of virtually any type. Plus, software can be programmed to do just about anything with email messages; for example convert them to web pages or store them in databases for archiving
Email is very important to me. Gmail is not only my email account; it is also my backup device. Backups of HTNet gets delivered to my Gmail account every day.
Filters and labels make my email communication more manageable. And the fact that Gmail is a globally accessable web service makes it so much sweeter.
What do you think of email? Is it a dying old technology? Or is it just starting to get better?