Thursday, March 09, 2006

The E-Mail Train Wreck

It has been 25 years since the invention of e-mail. Everybody I know uses it. They use it alot. Their use is self described as critical to their business and important to their personal lives.

Too many people get too much e-mail they can't ignore, organize, protect or trust. It has become as much of a distraction as it has an aid to communication. There must be billions of dollars wasted on it. And it's free!

E-mail can easily get sent by an imposter:

It can be sent anonymously via hundreds of free e-mail services.  If you don't understand how it works it can be a vector for much mischief.  Attachments grow like weeds unseen and clog file systems, exhausting backup capacity.

So much more can be said, I ought to write a book!  The E-Mail Trainwreck.  (Tom Lapp contributed to these ideas.)