Email is the oldest form of communication on the internet, and the one that’ll likely stick around forever (or for a very long time to come). It’s great for sending quick messages that can be read at anytime later, unlike chat that needs both people online at the same time. It may not be the very best collaboration system, but it’s one of the few ways you can guarantee you can communicate from any device or browser, anywhere.
Nowadays, though, it seems like we’re getting more automated emails than real emails from people. Marketing emails and tips on using apps we’ve registered get overwhelming enough, but if you’re a heavy user of Facebook, Twitter, Basecamp, and countless dozens of other web apps, you likely get more emails from apps than from people or marketers. Sure, you can sort through your preferences and trim down the emails you get, but that can be time consuming. You could even use apps to clean up your email subscriptions, but that can be a lot of trouble, too.
Then, some people prefer to manage their web apps through email, so they can reply to comments and see new info without touching their browser. Where do you stand? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!