It’s hard to let go of your roots. For AOL, their status as internet pioneers has proven to be much of their downfall in recent years thanks to an unwillingness to jump when the web said, “jump”, and a recent willingness to jump into things that people really didn’t need them to such as content… Continue reading Alto is too late to the party to save AOL’s email ambitions
While everyone else seems focused on new media technology such as social networks and mobile sharing, Microsoft is mastering what they’ve always done well: email. Their latest push towards perfect email management and distribution comes in the form of Outlook.com which they are billing as “modern email designed for the next billion mailboxes.” Judging by… Continue reading Microsoft raises email service expectations with Outlook.com
The news of Google’s purchase of the 5-person Sparrow team struck me as a bit odd. Sure, they’ve done some great things in email with their native iPad app, but the concept that they were purchased “to bring polish, ‘beauty’, and ease of use to all of its Gmail experiences” isn’t jiving. Google has been… Continue reading Weird birds together: Google and Sparrow
Many of us grew up writing letters long-hand and sending them via the Post Office. It wasn’t until 1965, that the concept of email emerged and about 6 years later that the very first email was sent out. In 2007, Google made Gmail available to the world and now that it is 5 years later,… Continue reading Why has email lasted so long?
They’re just not ready. They weren’t ready for their IPO.They’re not ready to get into the hardware business with a smartphone. They’re not ready to take off the hoodie and put on a suit. They’re still just a social network and they’re making the kind of mistakes that startups make. That doesn’t mean they won’t… Continue reading Facebook email debacle is just another example of why the company isn’t ready
Email is one of those rare holdovers from the dawn of the Internet that continues to have practical applications to our everyday lives. Through constant challenges from the likes of tweets and text messages as the preferred means of relaying information to a friend or colleague, email has remained as useful as ever. Like any… Continue reading Can futuristic apps bring business email out of the Dark Ages?
There was a time not too long ago when technology bloggers and pundits (myself included) believed that email was going away. We thought that the system would be replaced by Facebook messaging, IM, social networking, and other variations of online communication that were more elegant and less abused than email. We were wrong. I was… Continue reading Email isn’t dead and mobile devices are to blame
Some ideas were born to work. The Listserve may be one of them What would you say if you were selected to send an email to 10,000 people? 100,000? 1,000,000? What if the audience was a relatively-captive one, an audience that knew they would only be hearing from one person every day, and today that… Continue reading The Listserve: A lottery where one person a day can talk to the world
For many tech-savvy web users, Microsoft’s Hotmail has become a badge of ancient times, a service that was valid a few years ago but that has gone the way of AOL as a symbol of not being “up with the times” in email technology. People who see their friends using it might ask, “Why aren’t… Continue reading Is Microsoft on to something with “Graymail”?
I hate spam. Who doesn’t? I tend to hate it more than others because a relative fell victim to phishing a couple of years ago, so I tend to actually look at phishing emails to see what’s happening in the world of Nigerian Princes and people trapped in London. This particular email struck me as… Continue reading Trust and Safety Authenticator: The Logic is Flawless