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Teens: E-mail is for ’old people’

A timely article for discussions going on here, Graham, and Stu's blogs (Thanks, Steve)

Is e-mail only for the old? That's the contention of a string of articles published in the last four months, the most recent appearing today in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle says that in a study last year, "teenagers preferred new technology, like instant messaging or text messaging, for talking to friends and use e-mail to communicate with 'old people.'" The Mercury News says, "For those of you who have just figured out how to zap spam or manage your inbox, prepare for the bad news: E-mail is, like, so yesterday." And then there's USA Today, which makes the claim that "E-mail is so last millennium."

And as I've said before, I think e-mail still has a quite a bit of life left in it, but I do think the scene will look very different 10 years from now, when things like Activities or the enterprise equivalents of MySpace become more central to how people communicate and collaborate.  (Just like it looks very different than 10 years ago, when the top-5 bank I worked for at the time was still 2 years away of allowing employees to apply for an external e-mail account.)

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