Social networks replacing email?
A few weeks ago, I had a discussion with my kid sister, in a humerous way she told me that she “Only uses email to communicate with old people like me“. And I’m not even in my mid 30s.
Interesting is that a senior citizen I know want to know how to only receive email from her address book because she couldn't conceive of receiving email from anyone she didn't already know.
son of parnas
July 16th, 2007 10:36am
July 16th, 2007 10:41am
As an aside -- the idea that it's "replacing" email is asinine, and it's the result of "young" people who are too full of their own activities.
The people who communicate via Facebook would never have communicated otherwise. It's not like they were going to have penpals but instead now they're using Facebook.
July 16th, 2007 10:42am
> would never have communicated otherwise.
son of parnas
July 16th, 2007 10:43am
In 5 years' time Facebook will have been replaced by something else, but email will still be here.
July 16th, 2007 10:50am
if facebook, myspace, etc interoperable, now that would be something to worry about. otherwise imagine emailing only those in your network.
but yeah email is for old, slow people (like me). I have email drafts in Outlook from 5 years ago.
July 16th, 2007 11:10am
DF-- I disagree. People often play with each other in Facebook even when they see each other daily in real life. It's better than email because there are mini-games to play-- slinging poo, petting each other's bunnies, whatever. And it's more open within your circle of friends than a boring one-way singly authored email to a bunch of people.
And what does it matter what will happen in 5 years? Right now a lot of people are using Facebook instead of email to keep up with friends. And they are even paying $1 to buy icons to send to each other (haha).
And I think the ad-hoc groups that can be made are cool. It's like a self signup for a CC list for a topic. So the groups are much more fluid and casual.
July 16th, 2007 11:53am
>And it's more open within your circle of friends than a boring one-way singly authored email to a bunch of people.
I don't diagree. But the point was moreso that it wasn't this -or- email. It was this or the telephone or IMing, or non-communications during non-face time. Email was never the competitor to this.
July 16th, 2007 11:56am
People under the age of 24 only use email for work and receiving online receipts. All other communication is through myspace or facebook.
July 16th, 2007 1:00pm
>And what does it matter what will happen in 5 years?
I mean, this isn't the wave of the future, it really is a fad. Email, on the other hand, is not a fad and will probably be here 100 years' from now, probably even using the same protocol.
July 16th, 2007 5:43pm