c|net had a story up a couple of weeks ago entitled “Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead”. The story was about how kids were moving away from email and using instant messaging and social networking sites for peer communication. Maybe I know why. Or maybe I know why that could be such a temptation. The reason is simple. Email sucks. All email clients suck. No one of them has the feature set that I would like. Their handling of the email protocols can be atrocious, particularly IMAP. And don’t even get me started on having to interface with Exchange with anything other than Outlook. Also, you don’t know when someone has read an email (unless you’re using X.400, but that’s another story) or when they’re online. I can see why IM, social networks, and text messaging are gaining usage. Pownce, anyone? (BTW - I have a few invites left. If you’re interested, email me.)
UPDATE: The Pownce raffle is now officially closed. Thanks for everyone who emailed me.