What happened to the “Inbox Zero” talk? It seemed to be the greatest task to be accomplished (everyday!) by everyone of us actually working in front of an internet connected device.
Are we less scared, have we “stopped worrying and learned to love” our inboxes?
It might be or our work-related angst has moved on to more pressing matters: Slack? Whatsapp? Skype (and the such)?
Instant communication tools have indeed spread from personal fun usage to the professional realm: the nightmare of the blue double tick might be bringing a well deserved awakening sooner than later.
Let’s take Slack, cut it some slack for the new logo for now, and consider how the selected users in Nextatlas feel about it:
As emojis go, there’s not need for further explanations.
So what happened to dear old email? It has become the friendly devil of temptation. Replying pressure has vaned when compared to its more recent substitutes:
It’s a work tool still but it has also become instrument through which gather information, collect it for later consumption or store shopping temptations. And it is this that might have triggered the resurgence and renovation of one of the most hated embodiment of emails: the newsletter (by the way, if you’re wondering if we have one, we do: sign up here for some daily/weekly insights).
Craig Mod over on Wired.com has an interesting take on where it might be going and there has been an explosion in offering: individuals see it as a possible revenue stream (solid content brings the motivated audience advertisers need), companies are developing specific editorial guidelines (it is about time!) and public personalities see it as a way to get in direct contact with their following, without necessarily being constricted in social media rules/guidelines/algorithmic boundaries: publicly syndicated personal content? (Get this if you’re an rss aficionado)
We know, well, ‘cause we look at social web data:
If this strikes you as odd, let us end with some suggestions to please your inbox:
Dan Oshinski’s Not a Newsletter – new newsletter format from the New Yorker’s newsletter editor.
Dense Discovery – a densely curated mix of practical and inspirational links at the intersection of tech, design, and culture every Tuesday, by traveller Kai Brach.
Recomendo – the name says it all.
Orbital Operations by futurist, writer, producer, etc, Warren Ellis: a weekly insight to creative process and personal tracking.
Nextatlas – daily/weekly insights: worth a second mention.