Saturday, July 5, 2008

I love the "death of X" posts

I'm a sucker for any post that starts with "X is so dead..." or some such derivative. So I loved today's Techcrunch post-- Think Before You Voicemail:

Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it.

People still use it? Who knew? I'm not making this up, I might get one voicemail per month. It's almost always from someone I don't know leaving a number, and asking me to return their call. Yeah right!

I haven't had a land-line at home for over five years now. I don't think I need it at work any longer either. The eight people who can reach me via voice know my cell phone number, and they never leave a voicemail message.

I'm thinking that voicemail is a concept whose time has past. It's just like podcasting. They take too long to listen to, and use too much attention bandwidth. Just say no.

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