EMail: bankruptcy, or do we need a new currency

E-mail sucks. How’s that for starters. If you’re like me, you spend hours of your valuable time separating the wheat from the chaff. Others like Fred Wilson are filing for “e-mail bankruptcy.” I think that is just an easy way out. What we need to do is rethink the whole email-communications paradigm, and I write about that in my latest column for Business 2.0.

E-mail became the Internet’s first killer app — and therein lies the problem. As software goes, e-mail is almost socialist: From each according to his ability, to each whether or not he needs it. ….It doesn’t matter if the message comes from a spammer hawking Viagra, your wife asking you to pick up some wine, your boss telling the company that Monday is a holiday, or a client asking for a meeting at his office at 11 a.m. In today’s inboxes, all e-mail messages are equal. (Business 2.0)

There is a short term fix, Anne Zelenka says. “Perhaps short emails without extra niceties are not just acceptable but preferable in our connected world on the web,” she writes on Web Worker Daily.