Email Is Dead! Long Live Email!

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?

  1. It’s a mature, globally-accepted communications protocol
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Spam filtering software is abundant and can be obtained by anyone and most of them are getting better everyday
  5. 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?

4 responses to “Email Is Dead! Long Live Email!”.

  1. Kay Kastum Says:

    It’s the first thing I check when waking up and the last thing I check before sleeping too.
    I even reached 100% on my Gmail recently! I’m sure e-mail will be more interesting and interactive. I think Google folks will start that revolution.

  2. papajoneh Says:

    mine not even 0%.. only 13MB usage. With Azmeen suggestion, backing up and uploading it to gmail, Im sure its going to be my most useful tool, next after my firefox.

    To answer the question, yes email will definitely not die but evolving to a much better tool for all users. 🙂

  3. Criz's Sanctuary Says:

    If emails providers goes kaput, I will also be in deep problems. All my business deals and quotes goes through emails for faster decisions by clients. I even set everything to be LIVE so that I would not missed out any important emails. Emails have become part of my life. Without them, things will be in a slower process.

  4. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    The thing is people often forget that the cost of data storage devices have become lower over the years.

    Personally, I think that’s the only downside to email becoming a more integral part of net communications.

    However, with the massive improvement in quality as well as ever lowering dollar per megabyte costs of storage, this problem might soon become a thing of the past.

    Kind of funny when looking back, my first ever email account had a 100MB quota limit.

    How things change, eh? 😉