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Jason Calcanis Claims Blogging is Dead; Here’s Why Email is on Life Support

I think Jason Calcanis’ now-famous proclamation that blogging is dead is wrong for one specific reason: he thinks the replacement for blogging is an email distribution list. Here are reasons I think email is dead:

I think Jason Calcanis’ now-famous proclamation that blogging is dead is wrong for one specific reason: he thinks the replacement for blogging is an email distribution list.

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Here are reasons I think email is dead:

  • Email is slow — other technologies provide instant access and response.
  • Email
    is unreliable — your messages might not make it through to the
    recipient. I regularly get and receive calls to make sure an important
    email has arrived.
  • Spam — like college tuition and the price
    of oil, spam increases, despite new so-called solutions to fight spam.
    I don’t think we’ll ever win the war on spam. But other communications
    tools, like instant message and contact via social networks, can reduce
    — but not eliminate — the quantity of spam. (Case in point:
    TwitterSpam: people who select thousands of people to “follow” on
    Twitter in the hopes that people will “follow” them in return in the
    hopes they’ll check out whatever it is the TwitSpammers are trying to
    sell.
  • Email tends to overwhelm “in boxes” with information
    users didn’t need. A much better way is to subscribe to RSS feeds,
    resulting in less clutter, less guilt.
  • Email, for most of us, is less likely to have significant impact beyond our immediate friends and family. And every time someone forwards the email, the meat of the email gets pushed lower and lower on the screen, formatting changes, etc., diluting the impact it could have.

The other reason I think blogging is not dead yet is that you’re reading this on a blog, not from my email distribution list.

I hope this clarifies your question about email.

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