A colleague, IBMer Luis Suarez, wrote an article in the NYtimes on how he is using Social Networking tools to reduce the use of e-mail. And I quote
E-mail can become extinct, if not repurposed altogether, even at big companies like I.B.M. An e-mail in-box no longer needs to be like Pandora’s box.
I am not sure whether I totally agree with this … there is still a place for e-mail. As another IBMer Ed Brill say and I quote
Even if you move all of your collaboration to other tools, there still needs to be a prompt, a push, a tickle, an alert … something that draws you into the collaboration.
And this push or tickle as Ed calls it is usually via email. If somebody comments on a blog post of mine I get prompted about it via email. If somebody follow me on Twitter I get informed via email. If somebody send me a message via Facebook then I get informed via e-mail.
So to answer my own question, no I do not think so. Yes it can reduce the volume of email (an I do not talk about all the spam) in your inbox but totally replace, no I do not think so. I would love to hear your comments about it.
How embarrassing can Facebook be .. well a lot when one does not look what one does. All these apps does not behave the same and can confuse one when you are not on the lookout.
Over the weekend somebody (rather not say who) send me a Superwall picture. It was one of those picture one would not generally show around — you know what I am talking about. Before deleting it, I decided to send it to one of my friends. Not knowing that when selecting Forward in Superwall it selects all friends by default, I unselected the friend I wanted to send the picture to and Forwarded it.
After I hit the Forward button, I noticed to my horror that I forwarded the dreaded picture to all my Friends. Luckily one receive a notification of who all received the forwarded post and this allowed me to delete most of the forwarded pictures.
I know I did not managed to delete all and if you are one of those that got the picture before I deleted it, then sorry if it embarrassed you. It was a real boo-boo on my part and I apologize.
Lesson I learned the hard way. So be careful what you do on Facebook.