We’ve all become so caught up in the social media hype that a lot of people have forgotten the origin of the social web we so enjoy right now. I’m talking about the e-mail.
How, you might ask, is the email the origin of social media? Well, it is one of the pioneer communication channels people used over the Internet.
Before chatting and social media came to be, e-mailing was our primary means of socializing and connecting with each other on the World Wide Web.
Most people think that with social networking sites offering a convenient solution to communicating with people from across the globe, it’s no longer necessary to pay attention to emails after you’ve used it for the sign up process. But using e-mails still has a one-up against social media sites.
Most companies block employees from using social media sites, especially social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and the likes. Why? Because they’re time consuming and can pose as a distraction from work.
E-mails, on the other hand, are open for access at offices. Business entities of various scales use it to communicate with the people they work with internally and externally. It is almost a fixture in most all companies across the globe.
You can even say that e-mails offer more privacy compared to popular social media sites. Although recent developments in the social web have made it possible to adjust security settings for one’s safety, a lot of
people would still rather receive sensitive information via email as opposed to private messages on social media sites.
Fact is, most blog subscribers opt to receive notifications through their e-mail. It could be the RSS feed notification or a customized subscription alert, the point is they still depend on their e-mails to stay tuned to their favorite social sites.
How about you, have you ditched your e-mail? If so, why?
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