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Started by mingmong on Sep 8, 2021 11:19:37 AM
Email: whatever happened to the lad?

It seems to be increasingly unusual for people to use email as their form of electronic communication. I keep being told to pick up [whatever photo/document etc.] on WhatsApp, which I don't yet have and don't particularly want. Other than that, people seem to increasingly rely on FB messaging etc. to contact each other

Is there any reason for this? Do WhatsApp etc. offer something uniquely amazing that other platforms (including email) do not? I am going to have to concede and join everyone else on this platform in order to have an electronic social life? Do people still even check their emails, or have these media become neglected wastelands spam and unread messages, soon to go the same way as the fax and the landline phone?

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bossab2 - 08 Sep 2021 11:21:08 (#1 of 85)

Wasssp tells you if someone has read your message.

FleurDuMal - 08 Sep 2021 11:23:11 (#2 of 85)

We use Google Chat at work. I hate it. It's mostly irrelevant stuff, and people putting pics of their child/dog/garden, so any 'real' information gets lost among the crap.

I'd much rather have an email - marked urgent, if so.

Agaliarept - 08 Sep 2021 11:23:36 (#3 of 85)

Is there any reason for this? Do WhatsApp etc. offer something uniquely amazing that other platforms (including email) do not?

Isn't Whatsapp end to end encrypted? (not sure what that means but my weed guy insists on Whatsapp)

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 11:25:34 (#4 of 85)

I haven't used email for social communications for years. Outside of work I now only use it to contact organisations (eg tradesmen, holiday bookings) and for the more official business of a voluntary role I have.

I mainly use WhatsApp - it is fast, easier to check, allows different groups and in terms of social catch ups I find it mimics natural conversation more effectively.

I have a few people who still insist on using FB messenger but obviously I hate them as Facebook Messenger is horrible to use.

bossab2 - 08 Sep 2021 11:28:19 (#5 of 85)

Email is writing a letter.

Wassap is gossiping over the fence.

mingmong - 08 Sep 2021 11:30:21 (#6 of 85)

Interesting, Ginners.

I don't have anything against WhatsApp, but am resistant to setting up yet another platform account that I would have to check, respond to etc. For me email, JTT and FB is quite enough

Wassap is gossiping over the fence.

I'd rather gossip over an actual fense (or, better still, over a pub table), but I realise this is not the way the world is going.

It looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet on this one

LomaxFairchild - 08 Sep 2021 11:31:46 (#7 of 85)

I think a lot of people have abandoned email because the immense amount of shite that lands in ones inbox means that messages often get missed.

Sunfish - 08 Sep 2021 11:32:56 (#8 of 85)

WhatsApp’s good for group conversations where email chains might get derailed by one person replying to an older email. Not unlike a fast moving thread on here, Ming.

I hate Facebook messenger and never use it. I find it quite irritating when people assume I do and keep adding me to group chats etc. I want to minimise my Facebook use as much as possible and if there was a decent alternative to Whatsapp (ie something not owned by Facebook) I would switch over.

Tinymcsmithy - 08 Sep 2021 11:35:45 (#9 of 85)

WhatsApp is fine. Decent enough interface.

No different to texting, phone calling or any other video calling. Just encrypted.

I’d still generally use email for attachments though.

Email seems to be for more thought out formal communication. Kind of like the mail used to be (back when people using email stopped usimh grammar and punctuation).

Messenger still seems to be used by friends of mine for banter and general ‘I’m bored at work’ chat. Even by those who have abandoned Facebook.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 11:37:55 (#10 of 85)

Ming Whatsapp is easy to dip in and out of. If you use it on your mobile you are alerted to new messages by a discreet Whatsapp logo at the top of your main screen.

It is a bit of a hybrid between a messaging service and an online chat. So you can use it for one to one messages, create chat/organising groups or use it to broadcast messages (eg useful if you want to send out news or instructions to a large amount of people but not let them respond).

The chat function is very good - I found it was brilliant during lockdown as you could create the sort of easy rambling chat you might get in the pub. If a chat is boring you or getting too much you can simply leave or mute it.

Verdigris - 08 Sep 2021 10:42:11 (#11 of 85)

So you can use it for one to one messages, create chat/organising groups or use it to broadcast messages



Sounds ghastly.



</Marvintheparanoidandroid>

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 11:45:02 (#12 of 85)

You do have to be careful with the amount of groups you join - because it is so easy to use, people can send a lot of messages and it can be a bit overwhelming.

Mute chat is definitely a function to make use of.

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darkhorse - 08 Sep 2021 11:50:11 (#14 of 85)

I want my mum to use WhatsApp, because I think it costs extra to send picture texts in SMS texting, but WhatsApp costs nowt.

So that would save me £1 a month.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 11:53:01 (#15 of 85)

Picture texts! DH's mum rocking it like it's 2004.

rearranged - 08 Sep 2021 11:54:43 (#16 of 85)

In the name of improving communication and preventing email overload my employer introducted a number of other systems, and allowed other teams to introduce systems that better met their needs.

For a while it meant that in order to ensure I wasn't missing key information I would have to check email, texts, Yammer, Teams, Slack, our intranet, WhatsApp, two different HR systems, a compliance system, an IT information system and, occassionally, answer the phone.

nemo75 - 08 Sep 2021 11:56:57 (#17 of 85)

Fucking Yammer.

Sunfish - 08 Sep 2021 11:58:56 (#18 of 85)

I LIKED him.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 12:00:01 (#19 of 85)

We have Yammer.

I ignore it.

Gotout - 08 Sep 2021 12:05:36 (#20 of 85)

I think a lot of people have abandoned email because the immense amount of shite that lands in ones inbox means that messages often get missed.

That's why I have several email accounts. A general one for everyday use, a separate one for eBay and another one for important use. (plus a couple more which I have in reserve)

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