A World Without Email – Year 2, Week 9 (How to Kill E-mail, Before It Kills You)

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  1. I was thinking about your experiment yesterday, Luis, when I realized that I am still addicted to my email. And the idea that the next generation only uses more transitory communications solutions eludes me — how do they go back and find something later?

    I thoroughly applaud your effort on the professional front: as a knowledge worker, email is NOT the best solution.

    But on a personal front, communicating with my friends and family, it still has a great deal of value. Not all of the interactions I have with people fit in Facebook.

    1. Hi Alora, thanks a bunch for the feedback comments and for the information details. I must say that I had similar concerns when I was first entering this email-less world and to be honest those concerns disappear within a couple of days…

      To your query on how do they go back and find something later … mostly through a good search engine (a la Google); most of the social networking tools rely on a good search engine to be able to re-find the content; and as such that’s what they would be expecting … to work with a good search engine.

      Also the fact most of those folks are using using feed aggregators, specially in a working environment would allow them to search quickly for content and then re-use it again, if needed. After all all of those feeds are offline ones.

      Funny enough, w.r.t. your comment on personal communications, email is the one tool I hardly use for those personal interactions; I don’t mind sharing some of my personal stuff out there on the various social networks and be part of the overall network. However, it is not something I do with the really close and personal stuff with family and friends. That’s something I learned a while ago to respect.

      If they don’t want to be up there on the social networking space, there is no need for us to be there. We use other, much more, immediate tools, not even email: IM, VoIP and the good old phone call addresses our needs. At least, for the last few years… We shall see if it would hold in another 2 to 5 years …

      Thanks again for dropping by and surely agree with your comment that email may not be the best solution, and although we may all be addicted to it, there may be a chance for us to start looking elsewhere, too! 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

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