KILKENNY -- I think e-mail sucks productivity so I have relegated it behind RSS, SMS and IM. That's the order in which I open my daily workdesk: (1) fire up my newsreader, (2) open my Nokia Communicator to inbox, (3) click on Yahoo Messenger. After a quick pass through 100 different news sources, I let MyYahoo tell me what's at the top of my inbox. This may not be an acceptable style for many people. I will figure out a way to teach productive usage in each of these media so my communications students can be part of the first wave that questions the use of e-mail as a business practise. They need to know how to syndicate their own newsfeeds, work with aggregates, populate Wikis, and converse in electronic work groups.
I appreciate how e-mail cut me free from fax paper and that it gave me a universal address during a time when I was jumping from country to country. It was much more convenient to dial up a local number and pull down mail that you knew related to you, your job and your friends. In 1999, e-mail was a killer app. Today, e-mail is a productivity killer. More than 60% of my email is spam. This electronic burden brings me virus attacks and slows down my computer because I run anti-virus, spyware, and firewall programs to stay ahead of the malware. That really doesn't bother me anymore because Yahoo Mail filters relegate the spam.
I resent how people want to conduct group conversations over e-mail. That practise violates so many prinicples of face-to-face communication. Yahoo Groups or discussion boards fulfill this function much better.
I still have a fax number because some banks, the police, attorneys and large corporations seem to want the document and they won't accept an authentic digital copy. Fax machines are also handy when you're on the run and cannot scan and send an item. That's happening less because mega-pixel cameras fit into purses and can snap macro mode which means they're as good as scanners.
Loic Le Meur -- "Email sucks and is like telegraph, it will disappear"
Stowe Boyd -- "The future of RSS and IM" and "Just say no to email"