Social media versus email. It is a battle to the death, right?
October 12, 2009 8:44 AM Subscribe
The end of the email era?
In a completely objective piece of journalism that was definitely not written to spark controversy for the purpose of gaining traffic, Wall Street Journal reporter announces that the "reign of email" as the major form of communication is over. Social media is the new e-mail and massive changes are on the way.
The article doesn't offer much hard data on this phenomenon except Neilsen statistics that 276 million people used e-mail in the "U.S., several European countries, Australia and Brazil" but "the number of users on social-networking and other community sites jumped 31% to 301.5 million people." It would have made for a more interesting article if it had reconciled these numbers with Neilsen's recent report that it "appears that social media use makes people consume email more, not less."
In other news, the WSJ's article is quickly rising to the top of the site's "Most Emailed" list.
This post was deleted for the following reason: Probably not a good idea to make a post that is basically an excuse to complain about the thing you're posting. Sucky tech journalism can do a perfectly fine job of sucking without an ironically framed post to mefi. -- cortex