How would you react if I told you that email, as we know it, is about to disappear?
“Not my oxyge… er… email!”
Most of us are addicted to electronic communication in one form or another.
Email was invented about forty years ago and it’s becoming a difficult, tired technology. The way we communicate has changed a lot since its creation. Forty years ago, technologies like Twitter, Facebook, wikis, blogs, etc. didn’t exist, and whether or not you like to admit it, they have drastically changed the way we communicate.
So, if email is growing old and tired, what will it be replaced with? As I gaze into my crystal ball, the image of the future begins to be covered by a dense white fog.
Email’s successor could come from many, many places, but one of my favorite candidates right now comes from Google in a service called Google Wave. Google Wave is currently in closed preview, but a couple of us at IT Training & Education have been able to get into the preview to see what it’s all about. I’m by no means an expert in how to use Google Wave, but I’ve been digging through it long enough to know a little bit of what it’s about.
NOTE: This article is not intended to be a “How-To Use Google Wave” article, rather an explanation of what Google Wave is and some resources to make your transition easier and more enjoyable.
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