November 15, 2010
I love email. Always have. I remember getting my first email account from my college and then hotmail and rocketmail shortly thereafter. I take pride in sending a lot of email and reading through even more.
The thing about email is that it hasn’t changed much in the past decade. There have been innovations…great new user experiences ushered on by Yahoo and Google…amazing add ons like Xobni…but nothing has truly disrupted email.
While i’m not convinced that it will completely disrupt the entrenched nature of email as it exists, Facebook’s announcement is the first real warning shot across the bow. Only time will tell if the multi-threaded, multi-device communication stream is here to stay. I, for one, am both excited and a bit apprehensive.
Is Facebook barking up the wrong tree?
Do you like what they are doing?
Do you think that the communication stream will supplant email over time?