Communications breakdown

In the last week, I have used all of the following interpersonal communications technologies. By “used”, I mean actively participated, initiating and responding.

  • Voice: Cell phone, Skype VOIP
  • Real-time text: Skype IM, Facebook IM
  • Narrowcast messaging: Email, LinkedIn, Facebook
  • Broadcast messaging: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging (posting and commenting)

I can’t escape the feeling that a form of Gresham’s Law applies here. The worst part of it is that these technologies differ wildly on how device-neutral they are. Right now Facebook and LinkedIn are very poorly adapted to the iPhone. And any thought of having a “universal inbox” is right out of the window….

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