Twitter: The Email Killer


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Twitter: The Email Killer

  1. 1. Email was one of the first original web-tools, but it’s quickly becoming antiquated— it’s slow,“spammy” and most emails don’t get straight to the point. Twitter is the email killer society hasbeen waiting for.Email was championed as the forward-thinking communication tool of the 90ʹ′s. It spawneduninterrupted communication across all continents and brought down one of America’s largestcorporations — killer indeed! Email is also a spammer’s heaven despite the legal ramifications.Spam is the scourge of the Internet. It is a one-way facet that disrupts people’s workflows. It’sthe most obtrusive form of advertising, yet spammers continue to thrive on unsuspectingrecipients. Filters have been created and are continually tweaked but the battle against spam iswaged in offices everywhere on a daily basis.Email is one of the biggest productivity killers and time wasters as people write out epics akinto The Illiad and The Odyssey, that could be condensed in to a sentence or two. Thankfully,there is a solution: Twitter’s Direct Messages and @replies is the email killer we’ve beenwaiting for; they’re fast, minimalist and won’t assault your inbox with spam.Twitter Kills Spam With a ClickHas someone sent you a spam-filled Tweet? Block them. Don’t want to be burdened withautomated messages? Unfollow them. Twitter makes communication (private or public) simple.Twitter offers the broad reach of emails with the advantages of simplicity by promoting pick-and-choose communication and focusing on whom you really need to talk to. Messaging withTwitter forces you to start a conversation and really be a part of it— spam free, of course.Twitter Gets Straight to the PointThe best thing about Twitter is its biggest limitation: 140 character messages and updates. Ifemail were built on the idea that a message cannot exceed 140 characters, we wouldn’t have thecurrent epidemic of spam and seemingly endless emails that serve no purpose but to waste therecipient’s time. Twitter’s limitation makes the real purpose of a message shine, instead of itbeing dimmed by unneeded thoughts.Email is Too SlowDespite the advancements in email, it’s still slow compared to Twitter’s @replies and directmessages, which happen instantly. Email must be downloaded and have a high latency whendownloaded to a phone. Twitter replies can be delivered as text messages to your phone and ifyou have a Twitter client on your phone, the message appears instantly.Twitter’s @replies and direct messages are nirvana for those who thrive on simple, directforms of communication. Its spam control methods beat email, messages are straight to thepoint and they’re sent fast. I predict direct messages will soon outnumber emails; Twitter is justthat efficient.