Most of think of email as a given, taken-for-granted way of communicating; the default medium for business communication, the lifeblood of bureaucracy. What you might not know is that there is a small, but keen movement (or at least experiments with moving) away from email.
The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) recently held an excellent webinar where three thought leaders in the "Zero Email" quest shared their vision and experience, you can now view it online. I attended the webinar and highly recommend it, if you are interested in considering a future without email.
The link is: http://youtu.be/EFFderEzNzU
In this recording, IORG Director Prof. Marty Bariff moderates a panel comprising:
Robert Shaw, Global Director of the Zero Email program at Atos, a 77,000-person multinational IT services and consulting firm. This program has a goal of completely replacing email as an internal tool by the end of this year. See here.
Luis Suarez, Community Builder and Social Software Evangelist at IBM. Luis renounced the use of email in his work five years ago, and is evangelizing this approach across IBM. See here.
Prof. Paul Jones of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Jones has completely dropped email in favor of social media two years ago. See here.