Friday, May 01, 2009

Facebook's Dream vs. Reality

13 comments:

Nivi said...

Can you elaborate, wise one? =)

Gabor said...

C'mon, it's pretty obvious.

The media (and likely Facebook itself) thinks it's the superset of Twitter and email.

But instead, the central place for everything remains email, and Facebook and Twitter dump stuff to into it. I normally hear about an incoming Facebook message or new Twitter follower through my Gmail. Your email client remains open all day. Facebook and Twitter do not.

korbinian said...

i'm not so sure.

my central place for everything is my rss reader surrounded by email and twitter clients.

most people are probably not surrounded by anything, they just use websites.

könnte aber auch an meiner selektiven wahrnehmung liegen

Rob said...

Wow. It's interesting your perception is that email is the central place. Email is reaching the end of it's lifespan. Ask any 17 year old how much they use email. The answer may surprise you. The RSS approach, using an aggregator such as Friendfeed, Tweetdeck, or Seesmic are the established method of notification. Getting an email for every notification is just counter-productive.

Gabor said...

Rob - that's sort of my point. You get all these semi-useless notifications in your email, thus cluttering up your inbox. I'm not sure about what the optimum solution would be. I'd love to see all those notifications die.

I can't switch to a Reader as my main communication device, because people who are older than 17 still use email, like it or not :-)

Gabor

Rob said...

I agree. For me, it's FriendFeed. Live updates and the ability to follow the conversation. No email required.

Gregor J. Rothfuss said...

Those who claim that email is not required either belong to the chattering classes and make their living on Twitter / Friendfeed. (Doing what, exactly?)

Cr don't have a job.

Curious George said...

"Your email client remains open all day. Facebook and Twitter do not."

Much to the chagrin of my wife, who thinks I work for a living, everything is open all day: Gmail, FB, FF, LinkedIn, and two Twitters - one for me and a new one I launched for a non-profit.

Yes, Gmail notifies me when someone new pops up in either Twitter or on LinkedIn, but I find I do a lot of cross posting between FB, FF and Twitter and it has actually reduced the number of emails I send.

Clients are still on an email basis, of course, but three of my most active clients are now on Twitter, again, reducing the "traditional" email exchange somewhat.

Daniel Miessler said...

I think you're confusing the delivery method and the hub. Just because email is the notification point doesn't mean it has any value or significance for people. It's just a means of getting somewhere else.

재명 said...

they are not belong together. but who cares? Each of them are very useful method and ppl need all of them in each way. they have their own core values.

Nathan Zeldes said...

Alistair Croll recently posted a fascination POV on the role of email as the ultimate aggregator of online activity. Worth a peek here.

And, like it or not, for the above-17 crowd in the business world email is THE focus of life (yuck!) and is not going away anytime soon...

Anonymous said...

This is only accurate for those over 30. Email is dying.

Anonymous said...

how BORRING!