As social media has risen the last 5 years, email has lost its leadership for online correspondence, both for overall usage as well as for time spent.
In the latest Morgan Stanley Internet trends report, it contained this eye-popping chart:
Social networking keeps growing and growing while time spent using email is flat. While email won't be going away anytime soon, more and more of it is getting repurposed just for heavier official or corporate/business documentation or simply just for spam.
Another way of looking at it is a division of "private sharing" vs "public sharing".
I encourage you to read the entire Morgan Stanley Internet trends report.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Friday, May 07, 2010,