‘You’ve Got Mail!’ Yeah, So What?

Is 2011 the year email died? The simple answer to that oversimplified question is no. But the world does seem to be moving on, and like other media that have been superseded by something new it’s evolving into something different and possibly less dominant.

We use email now for newsletters, or to receive bulk-mail ads, or to send attachments, or at work when we want the formal structure and topic threads to be saved for posterity. But with friends, family, acquaintances, lovers? Text messaging on our phones. Status updates on Facebook. Personal blogs. Or micro-blogging on Twitter.

While bloggers and columnists have argued about the impending death of email for years now, this year may in fact be different. Consider the evidence:

— Email spam declined dramatically this year, according to two recent reports by security firm Symantec and networking giant Cisco. While a big part of that decline can be attributed to the takedown of two notorious botnets, there is evidence that spammers are, like the rest of us, moving on.

Spammers are in it for the money, and email has become less effective at that. So the number of spam emails sent globally has dropped from a peak of 379 billion daily in July 2010 to 124 billion daily last month, according to Cisco. Spam is now at the lowest level since 2008. But Symantec says targeted malware attacks are dramatically rising.

Also rising are spam, malware and phishing attempts using Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. Why? Not only are people gravitating to social networks for communication, but they pay more attention to the messages there and are more likely to respond.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, implied in a statement last month that email is dying—on the same day that Facebook introduced a new stand alone messaging app for smartphones.

— The rise of text messaging continues, especially in the under-30 set. A Pew Research study in September found that nearly three-quarters of us use text messaging on our phones, with an average 41.5 messages sent or received daily. Fully 95 percent of cell phone users age 18-29 use text messaging, and they send an average 87.7 messages a day.

When it comes to the youngest age group, 18-24, 95 percent own a cell phone, 97 percent of those use their phone for text messaging, and they send or receive an average 109.5 messages a day.

As the young grow up, the habit is likely to stick. The immediacy, brevity and portability of text messages better fits our fast-moving lifestyles than the more structured, formal nature of email.

— Some business leaders are beginning to discourage or even ban the use of email. At Atos, a French-based international IT services company employing more than 74,000 people in 42 international offices, CEO Thierry Breton has announced a goal of zero emails by 2013. “We are producing data on a massive scale that is fast polluting our working environments and also encroaching on our personal lives,” Breton said earlier this month. At Volkswagen, the company decided last week to stop routing emails to BlackBerry phones beginning a half-hour after an employee’s shift ends until a half-hour before the next shift begins.

— Large business-to-business companies like Salesforce.com, Oracle and IBM are moving quickly to add social-networking functions both for internal business use and for interacting with customers. Again, businesses are recognizing that not only is that where the customers are, but their employees, too, and there are efficiencies to be gained by using a social-networking platform rather than endless email lists that aren’t paid attention to.

The email system, which began to evolve into its current form back in 1971, decades before there was a World Wide Web, is truly a mess that never lived up to its potential.

Why is it, in 2011, that you can send a certified or registered letter by snail mail but not by email? Why is it, in 2011, that you can have a reasonable expectation of privacy if you send someone a letter through the U.S. Postal Service but not by unsecured email? It just doesn’t make sense.

Some have suggested that the Postal Service should offer secure mail that can provide these services. In fact, the U.S. Inspector General issued a report last month offering that as a possible path to the future for the financially strapped agency.

The issues there are many, unfortunately. For one, the USPS is not exactly known for its technology prowess. It was late to the game on package tracking and, if it got into the email business, it would be late to the game there, too.

Another issue is trust. While one might trust the Postal Service with a sealed envelope, would you want to trust Big Brother with your email? That’s unclear.

A third issue is the international reach of the Internet. How would a system be set up that is recognized outside of the U.S.?

Whatever the future for email, it’s not likely to continue as what it was when it blossomed in the ’90s as the primary method we used to communicate electronically. “You’ve got mail!” is so last century.


16 Comments

  • Akuma

    ~*sUrVeY nUmBeR 84*~ Shockwave luvs Momo…or vice versa?
    The title..>_<” its Anime Freak’s fault she made me do it O.o so..she takes the blame for whatever injuries mught happen to me =D

    Wow..no survey in 4 hrs..>..>” its cuz I was ‘chatting’ with 3 pipz from Y!A =P you’ll understand if you’ve seen Chu’s recent question @.@ must send..apology mail..

    ^_^ now lets start the survey.. it will be called uh Shockwave x Momo

    1.Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    2.Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    3.Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]

    4.What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    5.Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    6.Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?
    @Gooey[anthony]
    lmao i didnt ntce ur avie is momo lol XD ohh..ur avie n shockwave O.o"" ill get rid of that thought now..
    lol nah the convo. ended- anime freak me and bel ended up fyting over KHR characters >.>" and Y!A wont allow me to type any mre stuff n that post XP
    @BWA:
    lol yeah *prays i dont get killed* O.o shockwave made anime freaks house explode XD maybe cuz she said the shockwave is in love with momo in one of hr titles >.>" *hides undr couch*

  • Hunny Bridge

    EDIT! (sorry, I was never the first one to answer one of your polls lol
    here we go:

    The title..>_<” its Anime Freak’s fault she made me do it O.o so..she takes the blame for whatever injuries mught happen to me =D

    p.s. I never had a previous account and i have no idea who chelsea is…

    Will you make a title for Hunny and I? You never did…
    http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/1566/honey6cv.png

    Wow..no survey in 4 hrs..>..>” its cuz I was ‘chatting’ with 3 pipz from Y!A =P you’ll understand if you’ve seen Chu’s recent question @.@ must send..apology mail..

    Ha ha… lol… survey freak.. jk (kind of)

    ^_^ now lets start the survey.. it will be called uh Shockwave x Momo
    okay!

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    Today, I ment to throw a ball at my sister, but I accedentally hit another girl, so I started to walk away, and my sis was pointing at me like : "she did it! She did it!" I was like ha ha..?

    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    In the house out of my room 0.o

    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    Friends, ya. Guys for some odd reason ya!

    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]
    *tickle tickle*

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    …idk…. AGGH! It’s too late! Idk, I’ve seen Shigure in a suit…

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    http://www.quizilla.com/user_images/I/IA/IAM/IAMTHEAIR/1155701138_urestaoren.jpg
    He’s a unicorn!

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    Tohru, cause it’s a boys name 😀

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?
    … I like Kagome’s bow and arrow’s in the 4th movie XD

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Don’t forget to name a poll after Hunny Bridge!

    I’m starring you!
    Thx!
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  • ???

    The title..>_<” its Anime Freak’s fault she made me do it O.o so..she takes the blame for whatever injuries mught happen to me =D

    Wow..no survey in 4 hrs..>..>” its cuz I was ‘chatting’ with 3 pipz from Y!A =P you’ll understand if you’ve seen Chu’s recent question @.@ must send..apology mail..

    ^_^ now lets start the survey.. it will be called uh Shockwave x Momo

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    >>> all the time

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    >>> in my room

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]

    >>> yes

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    >>> im not sure

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    >>> goku gravity defying hair

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    C.C.

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    >>> Geass several people you can stop time or cause memory loss lol
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  • Grimmjow

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    Yes because I didn’t want them to blame me
    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    in my room
    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    about medium
    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    Sven from Black Cat
    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    I don’t really notice hair styles
    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    Schneizel because I’ve never heard of it
    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?
    Geass because every person that has a geass has a different power from each other
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  • ஜV‡pєЯஜ is ηàβîℓà ( ゚∀゚)彡

    Yeah, BOOGER. =D
    Don’t you dare to touch Hibari or I’ll rip you, you nasty litte thingly sliced ham!!! >.>"" (Where does that comes from? O.O)

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    <> Yeah. A lot. I throw snacks at them. They get all annoyed at meh. And I liked it! =D

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    <> My room…. I’m such a brat >.>""

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    <> EASY. And I have watery eyes so I can cry easily whenever I laugh XDD

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    <> Reborn from Katekyou Hitman Reborn!!!! xD

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    <> The main charrie in Yu-Gi-Oh …. stupid hair…

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    <> Rasiel from Katekyou Hitman Reborn!
    – Coz it sounded so royal & posh! xD
    <> Superbi Squalo from Katekyou Hitman Reborn!
    – Superbia is the Sin of Pride in Latin… and Squalo means Shark =D

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    <> Definitely Tsuna’s X-Gloves. It is so dang cool! XDD

    Ciao ciao!
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  • ღ ƒრล ღ 鋼の錬金術師 ɬՀ Ɛ๗ɭч

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    no i never look away i just laugh at them xD

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    out of the house

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    easy

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    Reborn well except when he cosplays~

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    I-pin… she bald and then all of a sudden shes got a ponytail in the middle of her head o.O’

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    L… its one letter O.O well except his real name is L Lawliet but still Lawliet is soo… uncommon~

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    I guess the death note– owned by a buncha people. its unique cuz its silent killing and not a combat weapon.
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  • αÑŦђØиу is (ÐǝɱǾήic)

    ~~~84 already???! O.O how’d you get there so fast??! I’m only on 33 or something…..lol such a random conversation earlier with Anime Freak =P…..umm Momo is my current avatar….maybe I should change it now!!!!

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    ~~~Yeah I threw confetti at some people once….they got mad.

    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    ~~~I’m more outside than inside….can’t sit here all day

    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    ~~~It’s pretty easy to make me lmao =P I love humor

    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    ~~~….ummm jee idk

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    ~~~TEMARI….it freaked me out the moment i saw it

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    ~~~Nyu (Lucy) pretty name in my opinion oO =D

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    ~~~The Death Note
    ~~~~—-Light Yagami
    ~~~~Unique because I never knew a show that uses paper to kill off people one by one

    lol is that conversation thing still there??! o.O =P

    edit: lol that convo was so random
    YOU need a nickname!!!
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  • Mic the Cat

    ………………….

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    >>Yah, my sis and I do that all the time.

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    >>I usually invade the living room if no one’s in there at the moment.

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    It’s a little harder. My throat’s so clogged up with stuff I can never get a good sounding laugh out so I attempt to hold it in…….works so far.

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    >>Oldest brother from Sohryuden

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    >>Gojo from Saiyuki (I think that’s the name)……ehh, a guy with hot pink hair doesn’t mix well.

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    >>Urine……it says it all, and yes, the name is said just the way it is spelled, the official word for pee…………….-_-

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    >>The belt sword…….Vann of the Dawn (watch gunsword)…..It’s a sword that he converts into a belt when he needs that extra pants support………….

    nya nya
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  • Black Winged Assassin

    lol, just hope you won’t get killed

    1.Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    -yeah, by accident
    -threw a paper ball at someone, and they turned, trying to look for the person who threw it. while i just doodle on my paper

    2.Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    -my room cuz its coozy

    3.Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    -just laugh

    4.What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    -Solomon

    5.Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    -Yugi because it has 3 different colors

    6.Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    -L because its just one letter

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    -Tsuna’s gloves because it has fire and he can punch anyone with them
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  • ♥Q-San☆

    Ya, A Soccer Ball .. Lots of things actually 😛

    Room, If u take out skool 😛

    Depens on the mood .. But easy most of the time but i laugh or giggle never this wild wild wild laugh the one u clap and go up and down ><

    Hmmm .. Watari and Light Yagami’s Dad ( both from death note)

    weird hair style >< non that i know .. maybe hatsaharu from fruits basket since its 2 clrz .. yuki, ayami also from fruits basket .. its weird but looks good .. Even umm i 4got his name >< the one from death note < delete delete delete 😛

    Zeraki, Toshiro, Byakuya < its similar to names of things i no in othr languages 😛

    a nice hand knife owned by Shineri from samurai deeper kyo manga <3 the two knife are curved shaoes and wen swings they curve and change shaoes to cut things easily < HOTNESS :p:p looooool
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  • ☆♥!ÃηîΣэ ₣Яφǻκ¡♥☆

    LOL, so you did use the title! xD I change my mind….YOU TAKE ALL THE BLAME!! MUAHAHAHA!! >=D

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    >>I used to throw tiny papers at my teacher o.O….i was 10 xD

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    >>My room, LOL, chatting is fun with you guys =D

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    >>EASY! LOL

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    >>Naruto o.O….

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    >>Kenpachi from Bleach, it’s really weird and has bells at th end of each emm…..pointy hair thingy xD

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    >>Momiji, it made me laugh the first time i heard it xD

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    >>All anime charries have unique weapons =P

    -have a nice day~! =D
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    !~!ME!~!

  • KinomiyaMichiru ~Loves Takao~

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    Not sure what you mean.

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    In my parents room on the PC

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    Depends on what is said

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    Tuxedo Kamen of BSSM

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    Kenpaichi of Bleach…..looks like he could kill me with that hair!

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    LaLa Satalin Deviluke of TLRT
    You know anyone named like that IRL?!?

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?
    Huge Baby Rattle
    Yuiki Yaya of SC!
    Usually,you don’t fight using a rattle!
    References :
    KM

  • ☆☆Kawaii Anime Girl ☆☆

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why

    Yes,I threw a basketball at this girl in school who I really hate when we were in PE.Then when she turned around I looked the other way.She was so confused!!She had no idea where the ball came from!!!

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?

    My room,because it has everything I need in there(^-^)

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?

    Yes,it is very easy to make me laugh(^-^)

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?

    Reborn!!

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?

    Yugi Mutou from YU-GI-OH

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?

    Utau from Shugo Chara,because utau is the japanese word for sing(^-^)

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    Hinamori Amu from Shugo Chara Heart Rod!!!It is so cool it.
    Pause at 6:47http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=9ccfM54GNUw
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  • Shiro-chan

    ~heey!!~

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    >> lots of time…xD
    during music, this dude was like squeaking his clarinet soo badly!!! i threw my friend’s pencil case at him when the teacher was gone …i looked away when he was like.."ow!!!!! that was freakin sharp!!"…….>.>

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    >> in my room……..

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    >> really easy…xDD

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    >> ummm…i don’t know…>.>

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    >> …uhh..Salior Moon!!!! …>.> (that jsut poped in my head…-__-
    cuz it’s soo long!! and i always wonder how long does it take her to get her hair all dry…….o.O

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    >> L Lawliet!!! (first thing that poped in my head..)
    cuz i never heard of anyone’s name that is only a letter….and dosen’t Lawliet just sound so pwetty?? xDD

    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?

    >> the Death Note!!! …owned by Light…>.<
    it unique cuz you just need to write the person’s name and think of how they look like and….WALA!!! there’re dead!!! xDD
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  • wabibito-kun

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    >>I did the same thing, but with a grape and less language…
    [Mine: O.o I think I have..i threw a paper ball at this guy who kept annoing me, when turned around and yelled “who did that!?” he was looking at me and I told him “y d hell r u looking at me” >.>” then he looked away]

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    >>Inside, cuz im on here as proof
    [Mine: my room, XD cuz I like t here…=3 and if im out its usually cuz of school or exercise, but I exercise n my room..so yeah my room XD]

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    >>Depends on how much I care about that person’s opinion or there opinion…
    [Mine: yeah its easy to make me laugh XD]

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    >>Light’s dad
    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    >>Yugi, seriously
    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    >>L, know any other L?
    Random Question:

    Which is the most unique weapon in anime you’ve seen? Owned by who? Why do you think its unique?
    >>buso renkin, it comes out differntly, and unlike all the others, this weapon sucks
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  • ☺jaijai☺

    1. Have you ever thrown at someone then looked away when they faced you? Why
    >i actually do that a lot of times when i’m annoyed with someone.or if i like to joke with my friends.

    2. Are you usually out[out the house] or in your room?
    >in my room.i rarely go out.

    3. Is it easy to make you laugh or hard?
    >yeah.i laugh at the smallest things.

    4. What anime character is always wearing a suit?
    >Reborn(Katekyou Hitman Reborn!)

    5. Which anime character has a weird hairstyle, why?
    >Kenpachi(Bleach),because of those weird bells on the ends of his super spiky hair.

    6. Which anime character has a unique name? Why do you think so?
    >the Espada in Bleach.they all have unique names.names i never heard of before.and never imagined that existed.
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