The War on Email

French Tech Company Declares ‘Zero Email’ Policy

thierry breton

French enterprise IT firm Atos has banned employees from sending emails to each other, ABC News reports, in an amazing blow in the battle against email. CEO Thierry Breton, who was the French finance minister from 2005 to 2007, apparently loathes the stuff, claiming just 10 percent of the 200 messages employees receive a day are useful and 18 percent are spam. Mr. Breton told the Wall Street Journal he has not sent an email in three years. Read More

The War on Email

Inbox Heroes: ‘Inbox Zero’ Is the Wrong Objective

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As we’ve stepped away from the office to get more work done, we’ve brought the inbox with us on our mobile devices. Only now, it’s layered with messages from Twitter, Facebook and SMS. As a benchmark of productivity, the inbox at zero is a failed objective. The true objective is a smarter inbox with all of our communications put in context. Read More

The War on Email

Inbox Heroes: How to Appreciate Email While Also Telling It to Fuck Off

Mr. Cieplak.

This is a guest post from Gordon Cieplak, Creative Director at 8tracks and the principal of Handsome Code. You can find him @gordoncc on Twitter and grdn.cc on Tumblr, his preferred methods of distraction.

Gordon Cieplak, web designer

Email is awesome. It is the foundation for all electronic communication. (You know, after things like math, transistors, TCP/IP, etc.) Basically, every ‘tech start-up’ in New York is an elaborate way to send an email that says ‘Hey, look at me!’ or ‘Hey, look at this stuff I like!’

That said, like anything awesome that man has invented (and I mean man, not woman, you raucous ‘change the ratio’ maniacs), it ends up becoming more of a chore than the incredible and liberating tool that it is.  But we (both men and women) only have ourselves to blame, the technology is not the culprit.

So, if you get lots of email and it’s a pain in the ass to deal with it and you feel like a ‘hero’ when you can manage, you are not an ‘inbox hero.’  You’re just a technologically confused asshole, like most of us. This column really should be called ‘inbox assholes,’ though that sounds like the name of a niche porn site.  But I digress. Read More

The War on Email

Inbox Heroes: A New Series on Betabeat for Those of Us Who ‘Get a Lot of Email’

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Email. There is so much of it already, and more is being created all the time. Some folks have even declared email bankruptcy; others have simply refused to use it anymore. For Inbox Heroes, Betabeat is curious about your war stories, productivity tips and moments of extraordinary email. Send us an email to tips et betabeat daught com with “war on email” in the subject line and a paragraph or two (or more!) about how you deal with your influx of electronic letters. Here, I’ll start! Read More