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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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A NYTimes piece says that we get too much e-mail (no kidding.) What surprised me was the suggestion to reply with a more concise way to reply like text or Facebook Message.

I don't get it. There are less characters, sure. But how does having "thought snippets" more frequently save time?

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Greg Charles

Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 2968

Agreed. People are much more likely to be inundated by tweets and texts than by e-mails. Yes, they limit characters, so your prolix friends have to learn how to express their thoughts a bit more concisely, which might help, but they also encourage the communication of trivialities, and are more likely to demand an immediate reply.
Sumit Bisht
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Joined: Jul 02, 2008
Posts: 331

"thought snippets" are more manageable than their lengthier alternatives. Recently, our team switched to a Trello board from a regular issue reporting tool and the time involved in thought transition/handling/visualizing per issue has reduced.
Lesser/Neater messages can pass on more information across the board, even if they are not comprehensive.
On the other end, excessively lengthy emails do not serve their purpose of getting their point across clearly as that can be removed in the information overload.
Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 4659

"the kids" don't use email. They message, tweet and post of FB.

I've been using email since 1977, and I don't think I'll ever stop.

I love that its asynchronous.
I love that I can write as much as it takes to explain what I am writing about.
I love threaded discussions.
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