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Fav Five Friday: Email less with Social Media

A few days ago I posted this article Escape the DEATH GRIP of Your Email Inbox with Social Media #emailless I mentioned how I find myself emailing less because of social media. I used some of my social media tools like twitter to get more information from some of my social media friends. I learned a lot about using social media to escape the death grip of my email inbox and even more about social media tools. You can learn more about email less with social media at Google.

A Quick Thought About Saving Money By Using Email Less and Social Media More

Have you ever heard anyone say anything about how long it took them to get through their email? Just after the holidays, I would hear people talking about taking the whole day just to get caught up on their email after being away from the office for awhile.

Now let’s imagine you have 20,000 employees and just half of them take only one day in the year to get caught up on their email. What could that look like in dollars and cents? Let’s see.

  • 10,000 employees multiplied by 8 hours = 80,000 hours
  • 80,000 hours multiplied by an hourly rate of $75.00 = $6,000,000.00

How much money are you willing to waste before implementing a Social Media Solution?

  • How many days are employees away from the office?
  • How much time have you spent searching though your email inbox?

There are many Enterprise 2.0 tools out there that include blogs, wikis, forums, collaboration spaces, and too many people willing to help with social media solutions that can bring an end to this money gushing wound. Taking advantage of these tools will also help prevent asking and/or answering the same or similar questions over & over again.

My Very Cool Side Benefits of Using Social Media the other day

  • Made a bunch of new friends
  • Got a ton of tips on using email less
  • Got some bonus tips on Social Media
  • Got to help share ideas of others
  • Got extra traffic to my site

Here are a few friends that are helping spread the word about escaping the death grip of your email inbox by using social media:
@marismith(She puts SOCIAL back into social media. Thanks for the help Mari!), @glcuccureddu, @sradick, @trishussey, @AnnieRob, @CWaterhouse (mmmm, Starbucks!), @mattwilkins, @ArtsGroupSales, @brettart, … There are many more Tweeps using email less and SM more at Twitter #emailLess A special thanks to Evan Williams @ev for tips and words of encouragement!

Most of you know that my blog here is rather new. I only average a couple hundred page views per day right now, but with the help of my friends from twitter I got well over 1,000 page views on this one article within a couple of hours. This is a good example of social media and the power of Twitter. I hope this idea of using social media was shared by each visitor with at least 2 of their friends and they in turn shared it with 2 of their friends. The point of this article is to stir thoughts and start conversations about how we can be the change. The more you use social media, the more it helps you. Thanks to Dan Zarrella @danzarrella (Congrats on new job!) for the tips. I will write more on this later…

Fav Five Resources on how people are using email less

Escape the DEATH GRIP of Your Email Inbox with Social Media #emailless

Free yourself from the death grip of your email inboxWould you like to free yourself from the email inbox death grip? #emailless

Do you claim to be a “Social Media” Expert, Guru, Maven, or Social Scientist?

Set yourself free! Yes, you have the power to free yourself from that black hole we call our email inbox.  It’s funny how we progress with our communications and how advanced our mobile devices are becoming.  I gave my Blackberry away and got a new iPhone and still found myself staying connected with people in very old-fashion ways.  I almost felt dirty configuring email on my iPhone.  I have turned off email in my iPhone and find myself using email less and less as each day passes.

Can you imagine a world with portable communication devices?

I remember playing with tin cans connected with a string when I was a child.  I also remember watching the TV show Star Trek with my brother and we would talk about how cool it would be to have one of those Star Trek Communicators (Remember “Beam me up Scotty”).  “WOW, how cool would that be to have the ability to just pull something from your pocket and talk with someone a few miles away!”  We thought it was something much later when we got a set of Walkie Talkies and could talk to each other over all the static just a few feet away.  Now we just take our mobile devices for granted.  Our smart phones combined with Geocoding & Social Media gives us ESP abilities that trips our “Spidey Senses” when someone we know is in the same area we are in.  This technology allows us to take advantage of an opportunity to spend some time with each other in the real world (ITRW), even if it’s just a quick cup of coffee.

Now Imagine A World Without Email?!?!

What? No email! How will I stay in touch with everyone?  How will I track my  stuff?

How often have you spent way too much time trying to find something in your email inbox?  I know I have wasted too much time doing this and I imagine if I could recoup that time, it would add up to a very long vacation in an exotic place.  Doing something productive, instead of digging through my inbox would have an exponential effect.  My company would save that money.  My company would make more money by having me convert that time into more productive tasks.  I recommend taking some baby steps, if you are not familar with Social Media.  Take it slow so your loved ones & colleagues can stay in touch with you.  Start using Instant Messages more, use text messages.  Call people when the communication looks like a conversation.  Remember to spend some “Face Time” with people that are important to you. You can read more about this at Thinking outside the inbox.

Social Media & The Sematic Web will Replace Email

The future is looking very interesting!  I can’t imagine a need for email and asking or answering the same or similar questions over & over when Social Media & The Sematic Web will automatically take care of keeping me up to date.

You can harness the power of crowds and discover the Collective Intelligence very similar to how Trinity learned how to fly a helicopter in The Matrix movie.  We are connected, the world is connected. We are learning things and doing things faster than ever, mostly due to the power of Collective Intelligence.  When you are about to make a purchase decision, do you email one person or do you go to the web?  I use Social Media Communities and Services like Amazon, LinkedIn, Twitter, Orbitz, Facebook, & Google to name just a few.  Would you be satisifed with the remote island of email (Wilson’s answer)?  Would you rather harness the power of crowds and take the collective intelligence?

Please read I Freed Myself From E-Mail’s Grip by Luis Suarez of I.B.M.

Check out his video from Web 2.0 Expo in Europe

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