More Evidence of a Shift to Social Networks

Here’s an interesting story from the NY Times about an IBM employee who switches from E-mail to a range of social networking tools.

Preoccupations – I Freed Myself From E-Mail?s Grip –

I stopped using e-mail most of the time. I quickly realized that the more messages you answer, the more messages you generate in return. It becomes a vicious cycle. By trying hard to stop the cycle, I cut the number of e-mails that I receive by 80 percent in a single week.

It?s not that I stopped communicating; I just communicated in different and more productive ways. Instead of responding individually to messages that arrived in my in-box, I started to use more social networking tools, like instant messaging, blogs and wikis, among many others. ((Suarez. Luis. “I Freed Myself from E-Mail’s Grip,” New York Times 29 Jun 2008. 5 Jul 2008 <> ))

Much of the communication he seems to be talking about is in house, and I don’t believe that it was all as simple as the article implies.  But I suspect that there are some veins of insight in Luis’ story regarding a shift from single link professional connections to social networks and personal learning networks.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.