Could our use of email soon be a thing of the past? Something we'll tell our grandkids about, shoved into the same memory box as cassette tapes, VCRs, phone booths, and floppy disks? It very well could be if the recent actions of the French tech company Atos gain widespread notice.
Atos was one of the first to implement a “zero email” policy across all of its offices worldwide. *ABC News reported, “CEO Thierry Breton of the French information technology company said only 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive per day are useful and 18 percent is spam. That’s why he hopes the company can eradicate internal emails in 18 months, forcing the company’s 74,000 employees to communicate with each other via instant messaging and a Facebook-style interface.”
Aton's actions only reflect what is going on in our society. Most of today's teenagers, the future workforce, communicate via Facebook, IM, and texts, and have left the withering medium of email to die a slow, but inevitable, death. And seeing that it was first developed way back in 1971, I'm surprised it has lasted this long.
As the Internet continues to evolve more and more into a worldwide social medium, we are beginning to witness email being taken out of the web equation, seeing that it offers very little to those seeking to stay connected 24/7. C'mon, admit it--which do you prefer, the slow back and forth banter provided by email, or the instantaneousness of Facebook?
I can only say enjoy email while you can. Though it may take awhile, I truly believe it is heading toward its spot in the history books, there alongside all the other technology that has come and gone.