Here’s an audio file of a quick “interview” Bob Walsh did with me today about the upcoming launch of Tout 2.0. Tout helps you templatize, track and schedule your repetitive emails. In this brief audio clip, we talked about the 3 key things Tout does, and how it differentiates from traditional Copy-And-Paste, Text Expanders, and more robust E-Mail Newsletter services such as Mailchimp.
Interesting article on the NY Times touting Facebook’s vision of how instant and short quick bursts of messages is the future. The article (and Facebook) claims email is dying.
E-Mail is dying? I don’t buy it.
Although services like Yahoo Mail and Hotmail are declining in usage, what the NY Times article blurs over is the fact that GMail (pretty much the best email service out there) has grown 10 percent in usage.
Young people think e-mail is prehistoric? I don’t buy that either.
The article’s focus: “young people” supposedly think that email is too old fashioned. Not fast enough. Prehistoric.
Just you wait until you grow out of your “lols” and “here’s a pic” and grow into “What’re we going to do to make it happen” conversations. You know, the meaty and meaningful conversations. Texting is not going to cut it. You’re going to go back to… you guessed it: email.
It’s time to re-embrace email
Don’t worry, I’m not delusional. E-Mail is clearly broken. Inboxes are stuffed, too many threads, and forget about recalling conversations to review who-said-what-when-and-what-did-we-decide.
But resorting to short meaningful dribble is not the answer.
I predict that over the next few years, tech startups will be re-embracing email. Not to kill it or replace it, they’ll be embracing it to make it better.
The future of e-mail is going to be a all about building a better email client, a better way to show your conversations, a better way to organize, and a better way to prioritize. Think of it as GMail 2.0.
1. What are you working on?
2. Not a question, but an observation - you Twitter link in your profile on the LHS only links to Twitter.com...
Great to meet you David. I’m building my company Braintrust - a NYC-based product design firm. Most of my time is going toward building and promoting Tout - an email client that helps spread your idea/mission/product faster.