Millennials hate email
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lelperCommunity member
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Hate is a strong word so don't take it too literally. The title has to draw attention. Email isn't really a bad thing but I feel it's just not going to live too long into the future. Medium post about this problem is forthcoming so you guys on Pencil get the sneak peek :)

Millennials hate email

and how it's actually dying

I'd rather spend my time watching cat vids on instagram

They say Apps are the future, and the most engaging ones earn the gift of my time. Email is not engaging.

Context is key

If I know you from instagram, send me a DM on instagram! Makes sense right?

New kinds of messages will start to appear

Just as people diversify their public content for different social media sites, messages will have to diversify too.

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sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@lelper just read it :) awesome points!

2 years agoReply
Here's the Medium post that goes with this! https://medium.com/@lelpe... @lisa it is still great for file transfer, similar to those packages (packets for web geeks) as @bfoo alluded to.

lisaSilver CommaCats
2 years agoReply
This reminds me a bit of the death of snail mail. Never fully died but sort of hangs around. Probably the biggest reason for snail mail is that you still need to get packages and we still love handwritten letters here and there. Not as many of those reasons for email....

2 years agoReply
@bfoo I look forward to seeing what you do with polymail. I saw your story here on Pencil about it. You bring up a lot of good points especially about control of use by the platform that hosts the messaging. My personal theory is about not having any separate messaging-only apps that would need to be paid for but instead have contextual platform hosted messages. I've been made well aware of the fact that email is still the most widely used, I'm just getting a jump on predicting its downfall, Unless someone can come up with a useful solution, hopefully like yours however you may be approaching it :)

2 years agoReply
@lelper (and @Sydney - glad to see that you added @ mentions), this is a commonly made argument, and while I don't disagree that email may decline among some younger audiences, I'd like to point out the following points in argument of why email will still be the dominant communication method for a long time: 1) Email is free - email is and always will be free, unlike other messaging platforms where you have to pay explicitly (whatsapp) or implicitly via watching ads (fb, ig). 2) Email is decentralized - email as a protocol will never be controlled by a single corporation. Whereas Facebook has exclusive control over how you use Messenger and the user's experience, email experience is effectively extensible, which provides the ultimate platform for developers to continuously improve and add new and interesting ways to use email. An example of this is the vast array of Gmail extensions that are available to augment your email workflow - none of which would be possible on a messaging platform. 3) Email is still by far the most widely used communication tool in the workplace. While this may be changing with respect to internal communication (Skype, Slack), any correspondence with people external to your organization is almost 100% going to take place over email. Given existing alternatives, I believe it reasonable to expect this to remain constant for a long time. And even "millenials" eventually have to get a job (mostly). Admittedly, probably part of the reason that you and other users may not be particularly inspired by the future of email is that most existing email experiences basically suck when compared to products like Insta & FB Messenger. That's precisely what we're our mission is to change with Polymail - to fundamentally provide a fundamentally simple, beautiful & modern email experience, extended with all modern email functionality to make users more productive.

2 years agoReply
I use email because its like a homogenous tool and also good if you dont want to mix distant connections with closer ones.

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
Fantastic! I have tons of problems with email too. Link us to the Medium post when it's up! @bfoo will love this one