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Email is for the Old

According to an article over at CNet kids are moving away from email. They’re saying they use it to communicate with old people.

I can feel my inner Michael Gorman beginning to stir. There is a luddite inside of me that wants to get out. It’s like… luddite vomit. I can taste it at the back of my throat. If I let it all out I’ll feel better, but then there’ll be a big mess.

Kids are using social networks and text messaging to communicate rather than email. I don’t really get it but then that’s probably because I’m old. I have a Facebook account with 1, one, uno friends (that makes them special). I also have a MySpace account with 3 or 4 friends. Facebook isn’t so bad but I honestly can’t stand MySpace. It’s bright and flashy and loud, it’s ugly. I’m not sure I completely buy into this article either. I work with kids and a lot of them don’t really use MySpace or Facebook. They do text message and I can believe that they do this more than email but using social networks over email? I can’t quite buy into that. It just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Although I don’t like using MySpace or Facebook I guess I’ll have to learn how to manipulate them. We’ve got to go where our users are and our users are on Facebook and MySpace.

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