On the death of e-mail

Spotted: a lot of buzz about the bleak and/or brilliant future of e-mail lately…

My take: e-mail is a tool. And a pretty blunt one at that. If better tools come along, everybody will start moving to those pretty swiftly. But messaging from one person to the next one will obviously be around for much longer, be it by SMS, e-mail, facebook poke, twitter or Instant Messaging. It’s all the same thing, really, it’s just the form that’s evolving.
And that’s excellent: 500 years ago we did it with a pig’s bladder tied around our willy, then we invented rubber, then the pill, next we’ll be doing exclusively via webcam. But hey, it’s still birth control 😉