Why email is making a comeback

“It’s been four years now since Slack arrived to kill email — and yet, email persists,” Casey Newton reports for The Verge. “While the group chat app has plenty of ardent fans and continues to grow quickly, it also draws criticism for its distracting, always-on nature. At many workplaces, if you’re at work, you’re also expected to be available on Slack. For some people, that means the thing that ‘replaced’ email is something much more demanding.”

“Mathilde Collin says the workplaces of the future ought to take a different approach. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Front, which makes tools for sharing inboxes with your teammates,” Newton reports. “If you’ve ever emailed a business address starting with ‘contact@’ or ‘info@,’ there’s a chance the team is managing the emails with Front.”

“But Collin’s longer-term vision is to build what she calls an asynchronous version of Slack,” Newton reports. “Like Slack, Front will be integrated with all the other software tools you use — Asana, Trello, Github, Google Docs, and so on — and collect any important notifications in a place where you can read them on your time.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our current unread email message currently number over 7,000 total. We long ago stopped stressing about it. Most of it is junk. We tend to our VIP lists in Mail and massively “Mark as Read” when we get tired of seeing big numbers next to our inboxes.

As with email — and most everything else – the crux of the problem remains the same: Too much data and not enough tools to manage it efficiently.MacDailyNews, April 13, 2016

Mossberg: Slack beats email, but still needs to improve – April 13, 2016


  1. Is it worth me signing up for a “free” drill (free if I review it) that I keep getting ads for?

    In case anyone doesn’t get it I that was a rhetorical question.

    1. That’s what I do, and then once a day take a quick scan through my Junk folder to see if any important non-white listed (Contacts) has been shunted. Also use Spam sieve for black listing the real egregious spam.

  2. Funny MDN brings up the unread email total #.
    Mines is at 19602 its really funny sometimes when people see it, but could be important,, uh one day. But I will say that Email is the only way to go for business, i have dudes trying to do full business transactions via Text… the worst

  3. “If you’ve ever emailed a business address starting with ‘contact@’ or ‘info@,’ there’s a chance the team is managing the emails with Front.”

    Clearly shows he hasn’t much of a clue about the real – as opposed to trendy – world. “info” has been around for a very long time and is still the default email for huge numbers of micro businesses.

  4. Email saves companies and organizations around the world – millions of dollars yearly in mailing costs.

    Just because the latest nerd and tech savvy move on to other and newer things for communicating on the spur of the moment – that does not negate the huge resource savings of email. Email will be here for a while.

    Email is free and instant; Fedex and UPS documents take a couple of days to get around the world and world mail takes 5 easy to a week and in each case $10.00 – $50. per document. Email is instant and free. Then compute the cost of 100 to 5000 employees a day world wide needing these documents.

  5. Effective email filtering is your friend. I use Apple Mail and also have my own domain with an unlimited number of variants.

    I use Apple Mail filters for most of my filtering needs and some persistent offenders are deleted before I even know about them.

    My number of unread emails is usually close to zero by the end of each day and the number of wanted e-mails discovered in my Trash is also close to zero. I get virtually no spam at all these days.

    I work freelance and most of my engagements arrive by e-mail, so it’s important for me to keep it all working well.

  6. AIRMAIL for macOS does something handy for cleaning up those vast unread email numbers.

    Click on some piece of spam, then activate the find all like it button and it will find all email from the same source. So If I have 800 emails from the Democratic National Party, I select one, it finds them all, and I delete them all. It’s quite cathartic actually. Take a little time, delete a hundred or so messages a day and one day your unread number is down to something like 15.

    1. Is AIRMAIL’s method more effective than just sorting the Inbox by the Sender? Then can quickly delete all email from same sender. So what I’m trying to ask is, does AIRMAIL also detect the spam when the sender cleverly changes their from address with every email?

      Please advise and thanks in advance!

  7. Apple Mail is a legacy email client like Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.

    A new crop of email clients are coming out of the woodwork (think Spark, Google’s new inbox) that change the paradigm of how you deal with email.

    It’s fortunate that email is a pretty broad standard because that allows new ways of experimenting. It’s also fortunate that email is a standard that can be implemented by anybody, without having to invest your assets into a single company.

  8. Email is also usually the most accessible means of communications for blind people. That’s why blind folks use email lists, like from groups.io, a lot.

    Devin Prater Assistive Technology Instructor certified by World Services for the Blind JAWS certified


  9. The missing „tool” is NOT software. It’s a system like David Allen’s Get Things Done (GTD) system. Most people are atrocious at basic things like keeping a captufe list and prioritiziing their responsibilities. A great app for this is Things 3, but it won’t do the work for you!

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