'Don't send it to my email, I only check that once a week.' This type of statement is more and more common lately and some are predicting that Email, as we know it, may be a relic of the past in not the too distant future. There are so many other ways to communicate in the growing Social Media world. Just a few of the methods now available are Twitter, IM, Texting, and all the other instant communications wrapped into Social Media platforms like Facebook and Yammer. So going to your email inbox is now like having to stop what you are doing and go check your mailbox at home.
And it is not just with individuals. Large companies are starting to notice this trend. For example, in early 2011, the CEO of a French IT company issued an unusual memorandum. He banned email. Employees were discouraged from sending or receiving internal messages, with the goal of eradicating email within 18 months. Read about that and this topic in general in Fast Company's article titled 'Email Is the New Pony Express--And It's Time To Put It Down.'