In Era of Instant Communication, Email Can’t Keep Up

The Wall Street Journal has declared that email’s “reign is over.”

Hardly a news flash, but it’s good that someone is making it official.

Writes WSJ’s Jessica Vascellaro:

We all still use email, of course. But email was better suited to the way we used to use the Internet — logging off and on, checking our messages in bursts. Now, we are always connected, whether we are sitting at a desk or on a mobile phone. The always-on connection, in turn, has created a host of new ways to communicate that are much faster than email, and more fun.

Three guesses as to what some of these “new ways to communicate” are. Never mind; that’ll take all day. They are Twitter, Facebook, um, Twitter, Facebook…and “countless others vying for a piece of the new world.” Vascellaro also mentions instant messaging, tagging, texting and Google Wave, but her article really focuses on Twitter and Facebook. Which, given their popularity, versatility and continued growth, makes sense.