Why Email is Still Important in 2014 and Even in the Future

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Tracing back to the very beginning, it’s been almost 43 years now since the very first internet-based mail (email) was sent by its founder Ray Tomlinson. Since then, it has become the most convenient way for people to communicate and send long distance messages, replacing the traditional snail mailing system. But nowadays, this tool for internet communication is being threatened by the immense popularity of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Apart from being the widely used platform for social interaction, social media pages also serve as the major player for product marketing and instant photo sharing these days.  Will it ever make the email obsolete, sending it to social oblivion? For this entry, we’ll give you the five reasons why email will not cease to exist in 2014 and even in the future.

1. Registering on Websites

The first step in creating a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profile is by registering with your email account. It is your ultimate passport or smart identification system in entering the world of social media. Apart from that, you also need an email account to apply for online banking facilities, interact in online forums, and shop on eCommerce websites such eBay and Amazon. Moreover, this is your only way to get notifications regarding your social media updates and status of your online purchases. You can’t get rid of your email addresses yet.

2. Activation of Mobile Devices

Initially after purchasing your smartphones and tablets, you need to activate them using your email account. For Android tablets and mobile phones, you need your Gmail profile. This will enable you to enjoy Google services and access a plethora of mobile applications from the Play Store. In case you have an iPhone or any iDevice, you need to sign-in with your Apple ID upon activating your iOS ecosystem. Setting up your Apple ID requires you to input your active email accounts (Outlook, Gmail, AOL, or Yahoo). Without your email address, you’ll not be permitted to download a ton of applications from the iTunes store that will power up your mobile platform. And that includes the iWork Suite of productivity applications and the iCloud smart system backup tool, as presented on O2.

3. Dissemination of Documents 

When you need to send a valuable document to your friend, your boss, or to your fellow employee, do you want to send it via Facebook? Surely, you can upload them on cloud storages like DropBox and Google Drive, but these platforms will require your recipient to sign up with their services as well. Email is the most convenient way to disseminate documents online. It is the safest and fastest way for sending your files without having to worry about privacy breaches.

4. Job Applications 

Electronic mail is the primary method being employed by major companies when accepting job applications. It’s the easiest way for the applicants to send their cover letters and curriculum vitae. Subsequently, these companies also use an email to schedule job interviews and send them the needed requirements for employment. Although some of the private firms are subscribed to online platforms like LiknedIn, email is still your best buddy to contact your prospective companies outside of the LinkedIn platform. Plus, can you find a job posting that requires interested parties to send a VC using Twitter?

5. Email Adapts to Technological Innovations

Apart from the four major functions of electronic mails we’ve mentioned above, it is important to take note that the email will never be obsolete, because it adapts to technological innovations. Before, they are only being used to send and receive messages, but look at how far it had become nowadays?  They are used to activate cellular devices, used in Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) conversations, and used to send large attachments such as audio and video clips. Have you ever heard of the upcoming Google Glass? Yes, it won’t work without your Gmail account. Despite its voice command and augmented reality features, it still needs to tap into your Google ID to activate the device, purchase apps, and engage in Hangout conversations. It wouldn’t be surprising too if in the future, you’ll be required to enter your email account in your own robot machine in order to recognize you as its master.

Turns out, email is an integral part of our daily lives. We can’t just abandon its use in our personal, social, and professional life. Not unless a new our existing communication system will be replaced by technologies that will enable mind-to-mind telepathy or something else.

Contributed By:

Jennifer Birch 

 Jennifer Birch loves anything World-Wide-Web-connected, since the moment she her hands on  her first PC. She enjoys connecting through various social media networks and still opens her  email almost everyday. Before you mail her or anything, follow her on Twitter or Google+.


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