Is email a dying breed, or is its function in modern society only just beginning?

History of email


Electronic mail was born early in the 1970s and looked remarkably similar how it does today. Even though it wasn’t until BlackBerry’s revolutionized the mobile device market at the turn of the millennium that email went mainstream, however—but even discounting its 40-year history, and counting only its 10-year mainstream life, its length of time as a technology staple is an eternity by Internet Era standards.

Email today

It’s quick, simple, and highly accessible. Everybody has an email address, if not two or three. Most people, tech-savvy or not, business execs or not, check their email once a day, if not five or six times.

You can send links, files, and documents to others—or yourself, and leaving attachments in your email inbox was one of the early uses of “cloud” computing. However, for the past couple of years, tech realm harbingers have been heralding the death of email, saying it’s outdated and a superior solution will come. But nobody seems to know what this solution is.

Email tomorrow

Fact is, email isn’t going anywhere for a while, because there isn’t a lot of room for improvement. Google innovated email with Google Docs, integrating collaborative task tools like Calendar and Docs. Facebook more recently launches its own string of emails, a sign itself of emails current strength. The half-billion-users social network has integrated its email with instant messing, mobile phone texting, and social media capabilities.

Trends indiciate that, long before email is superseded, social media, task tools, and cloud computing capabilities will be thoroughly integrated with it, revamping its functionality and keeping it highly relevant.

People are used to things changing so fast when it comes to technology and the internet, but some things are so simple and effective, they don’t need frequent “innovative” replacements. Email is one of these things.

Do you agree or disagree?