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Hasn’t email gotten to be a big pain in the butt?

Don’t get me wrong – it’s still very important. It’s a primary means of communication in our newsroom, especially with reporters out in the field. Viewers send in tips and comments via email. Press releases are mainly sent over email. I don’t know what we’d do without email.

But lately, it feels more and more like a burden. Big attachments threatening to crash my computer. An inbox filled with messages needing replies. Spam!

A columnist summed up this feeling beautifully in a piece titled, “Dear Email, it’s over: A break-up letter for the Digital Age”:

The bottom line is that you’re not helping me be productive anymore, you’re stifling me with messages, and, frankly, you’re wasting a lot of my time. I can’t live like this anymore. There is a better way.

You should also know that I become involved with someone new. At first, we were just getting together for fun, but in October we started seeing each other at work and now I realize that enterprise social networking is the one I want to be with.

I am also having an affair with social networking. It’s so much easier to get instant feedback on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. It’s also so much easier to punch out a quick reply and hit send.

My feelings about email may soon be akin to my hatred of voicemail…


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3 Responses to Email Isn’t Fun Anymore

  1. February 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm johnkistner@yahoo.com responds:

    Not at all, my emails are fun. I send cat photos, humour and fun liks to people. It’s akin to the statement, only boring people get bored.

  2. E-mail is still useful for more formal communication (prospective employers do not need to see what I get up to on FB or Google+ and yes I know some look anyway.) That said, the old means of sharing memes and documents (hellooooo Dropbox) has been left to the wayside. All good things and such.

  3. I don’t use it like I use facebook but hey it’s better than voice mail! I have no use for that! lol

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