The tyranny of email -- what is the answer?
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Comments (3) Visits (2860)
Yes, this is disgusting. I know I should have the personal integrity to take control, whip this addiction, and establish a restricted time for checking email. But I fail every time I try. We need a new paradigm because I think this one is broken. Email is still just a long running list, totally unorganized, which you can sort by date or origin or subject. Big whoopee. If the web today was like that -- one long alphabetical text index of everything out there -- we'd say, "no thank you." It actually was like that way back when but that didn't last long for obvious reasons. Why are we still clinging to email so? We are addicted.
Maybe wikis combined with instant messaging for the real need to communicate quickly could be that progressive alternative to email central. Email would obviously still have a place, but a subservient one. I know there are people much smarter than me working on this problem, and maybe they have some wonderful world changing solution about to debut, but I wonder if we're really considering the kind of sweeping shift we need.
I have an interview this Friday with Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the Web), and then next Wednesday with Carol Jones (lead architect for IBM Workplace, the Lotus collaboration technology). Both conversations will center on Web 2.0 and this crying need for a new collaboration paradigm. And yes, I'm mean crying. I'm actually crying now as I think about the pile in my inbox.
Would love to know everyone's thoughts. Share any questions you'd like me to ask Tim and Carol, or just join in the discussion here.