Is email dead? TechLines debate pics

Is email dead? TechLines debate pics

Summary: Yesterday those passionate about information technology gathered to listen to a debate about the future of email, with a panelist consisting of IBM and Research In Motion executives, as well as a futurologist and an anthropologist.

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TOPICS: Collaboration, IBM
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  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    The panel talked about how email is invading our personal lives. Some people even answer emails on the toilet. "It used to be such a peaceful place," O'Loghlin said.

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    Research in Motion managing director Adele Beachley (right) said that email has in many ways become a legal record, which social media has not. Futurist Mark Pesce (left) said that this means that people are very careful about what they put in emails now.

  • (Credit: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

    The problem with email as it exists, according to Rennie (left), is that everyone's inbox is ultimately the same. He believed that the future of email would see an inbox more like a personal portal, customised to work for the individual.

    "Us telling people the best way to collaborate is crazy," he said, adding that giving people the tools to experiment was the key.

Topics: Collaboration, IBM

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