“E-mail is for Old People”

February 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm 1 comment


As a “younger” person, I’m not surprised by this article saying that age determines how an individual values technology. My favorite snippet:

Don Tapscott tells a story of a young woman who doesn’t use e-mail, instead relying on instant messaging, texting and posting on Facebook to communicate. “E-mail is for old people,” she told Tapscott. “Maybe I’d send an e-mail as a thank you note to the parents of a friend.”

While e-mail was once considered cutting edge, it is now commonplace and even adults gasp when someone doesn’t have an email address.  Remember the November 2008 Presidential Election and the response from Senator John McCain’s admittance that he doesn’t use email?  

Youth have now moved beyond email, and utilize newer, faster methods to communicate with their friends.  As PlumbBrain develops, OneSeventeen Media places a high priority on our community’s ability to integrate with the many services and technologies kids already use as part of their daily lives.

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  • 1. Beth Carls  |  February 17, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    In reading the entire article you mentioned above, I love the other story about the company who was told they need a web site. The new restauranteur knew that his marketing on MySpace and other places was insuring his success from the first night.

    Isn’t learning something new the greatest??!!

    This reminds me of 1995 when we would ask companies if they had a “web presence”. No one knew what that meant then and they wanted to talk more about it. It allowed us to morph from an advertising and marketing design firm into an interactive multimedia firm and then an Internet consulting firm that went public in 1999.

    Here we are 14 years after Web 1.0 and we’re already outdated 😉


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