As E-Mail Hassles Pile Up, RSS Is the Elephant in the Room
While e-mail creaks and groans under the weight of spam, worms, hyperactive filters and false positives, RSS offers the chance for a new context, eWEEK's Steve Gillmor says.According to a Gartner statistic cited at this weeks INBOX conference in San Jose, Calif., 75 percent of all knowledge assets exist in e-mail. E-mail is a corporate asset, goes the logic. And a corporate liability, too, as Microsoft famously discovered. These days, you almost need an attorney on retainer to open your e-mail. Remember how our love affair with e-mail began? Those innocent days of "youve got mail!" The strange music of the modem handshaking as it stepped down from 28.8 to 14.4 to the glacial 9600. The hypnotic pattern of the modem lights as they rhythmically pulled down the latest batch of messages.
Imagine awakening a la Rip Van Winkle in an INBOX session titled, "Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Taming the Inbox." E-mail consultant Anthony Lye presents a series of increasingly blunt statements about corporate e-mail, anchored by this: E-mail is the property of companies, not individuals.