on e‑mail

It sur­pri­ses me how popu­lar e‑mail still is after all the­se years.

Or may­be not.

The e‑mail pros:

  • workload mea­su­red via inbox
  • can be shared
  • runs on most devices

I’ve been won­de­ring late­ly if I should offer my next web­site via e‑mail only. Why not? It’s the ser­vice most peop­le use. It’s what they know.

I am also wri­ting this as I am pre­pa­ring a news­let­ter with selec­ted sto­ries for a com­pa­ny. They don’t run a blog, do not have an RSS feed and the news­let­ter is their only broa­der publi­ca­ti­on next to spe­ci­fic sci­en­ti­fic publi­ca­ti­ons. When I show­ed them a blog solu­ti­on, they asked for the “sub­scri­be via e‑mail” widget.

We’­re having March 2011, with Face­book and Twit­ter alrea­dy limi­t­ing the atten­ti­on span of most rea­ders, we know that vide­os with a length of 15–30 seconds are the most popu­lar and yet what mat­ters the most are e‑mails that will block your inbox and incre­a­se your workload. Amazing.

And all of this while I am for­ced to work with Office 2007 (becau­se my cli­ent also does) which comes with its own MS-Office html ren­de­ring engi­ne (ins­tead of using the one that came with MSIE — the only good part about MSIE), while we still haven’t found a solu­ti­on to the html/­txt-only ques­ti­on, while e‑mail secu­ri­ty is still an unsol­ved mys­te­ry for most users and while the­re are still too many “stan­dards” (7bit, mime, max mail size and so on).

E‑Mail, it seems, is like cockroa­ches or even mor­se code. Meant to sur­vi­ve becau­se it’s just damn simp­le & established.

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