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NCSU #noemail - Why you could/should/must use better ways of communicating than email

The sad beginnings of email, My atonement for my part in this mess, Trends and alternatives away from email, etc

Paul Jones

on 17 October 2012

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Transcript of NCSU #noemail - Why you could/should/must use better ways of communicating than email

#NoEmail Why you could/should/must
use better ways of communicating
than email A Bad Beginning October, 1971 the first email sent by MIT graduate Ray Tomlinson Tomlinson confesses that his very first mail was likely gibberish or what we now call spam, likely “‘QWERTY’ or another string of characters” Pingdom claims that 262 billion spam messages were sent daily in 2010, that’s 89.1% of all emails sent Machines send us mail and we sort it! I confess. In the late 70s, I came to UNC and fell under the spell of email. It seemed like a good idea at the time I was the first UNC postmaster.
I registered unc.edu
I was the BITNET rep
I wrote email code for TSO, Wylbur, VaxMail, etc.
I relentlessly promoted email
I even wrote an email to paper mail system I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.

John Cage http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/getting-started-with-noemail/ What I want is:
appropriate streams of communication
strong aggregation of those multiple streams
versatile management of the aggregated stream
mobile friendly
appropriately terse
friendly and full of friends (whitelist)
NO Attachments! Luis Suarez aka @elsua
4 years without corporate email at IBM http://theoatmeal.com/comics/email A ComScore study on 2010 digital trends in the US found that Web email usage saw an 8% year-on-year decline in 2010 overall, with a 59% decline in use among people aged between 12-17.” Now social networking services are on track to replace email as the primary communications method for many business users in the next few years.
IBM Social Business White Paper
http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/socialbusiness/overview/index.html Paul Jones
Contact info:
on must social sites Other Pioneers?

Not Don Knuth I'm giving up email beginning June 1, 2011. But f I'll be open to communicating through many other channels and technologies. I'm convinced that there must be better and more effective ways for us to communicate and to get our work done.

You will be able to reach me on
Google + as Paul Jones and smalljones http://gplus.to/smalljones
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/smallJones
Diaspora https://joindiaspora.com/people/7472
and on most socialnetworking sites as smalljones including:
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/smalljones
Hunch http://hunch.com/pjones/
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/smalljones
and on The Real Paul Jones blog http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog

If you'd like to schedule a meeting with me, my calendar is on Google Calendar http://www.google.com/calendar as smalljones@gmail.com You can pick a time there and schedule your best time to meet face to face.

Sharing documents? Use GoogleDocs and/or DropBox - smalljones@gmail.com & jones@unc.edu respectively

Have ibiblio.org questions, suggestions or problems? http://www.ibiblio.org/help/ is your best way to access our team.

Phone? Yes voice. See FB or UNC Directory info for my number

TXT aka SMS? (919) 200-0765

You'll probably have to contact me some other way first, but I still have an avatar on Second Life named Said Goodnight if you prefer to meet in World.

I'll probably be on freenode too. More details on that later.

I'm also open to other suggestions; please feel free to send me your good ideas.

For more about the #noemail project, see http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/category/noemail/

Paul Jones 3 groups who hate #noemail:

"You're making my work hard." Work life ruled by email.

"I get paid for this; it must be essential." People in my old job or who work for mailing list & marketing.

People between 50 and 65. "What else can you use if you don't use email?" "You used to be my friend but now we can't talk!" “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair Other tools:
RSS for Listservs
GetSatisfaction for Trouble Tickets
Doodle to arrange meetings
Gdocs for collaboration
OpenID, GoogleID, Facebook and/or Twitter to join new sites Browers Tabs Help Suggestions?
Questions? Technology
power of stuff Psychology
power of self Social Connections
power of
others Legal
power of
authority x For the latest
http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/category/noemail/ Under 16 = what's email?
16 - 25 = email is for The Man
25 - 35 = my Boss makes me use email, but I usually text when I can
35 - 50 = I wish I could quit email but I want to be The Man
50 - 70 = I am The Man. How can I possibly ... w/o email?
70 - ?? = what's email?
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