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Farewell email, hello social networking
Another technological transition for management to welcome like the plague...
Written at an old maltings in Suffolk, surrounded by the technology of a bygone age when radio and television didn't exist and telegram boys were the norm. Dispatched to silicon.com via an open wi-fi link that just popped onto my screen.

Tech change is visibly speeding up and so is our usage, with the young leading the charge.

Two or three years ago, a number of studies and reports proclaimed that social networking was more popular than email. By 2009 this new open and much faster mode had crept into a number of companies and today some have more or less abandoned email.

It would appear that the technology of social networking is making inroads into the corporate world in the same way as text, instant messaging, peer-to-peer networking and wikis.

It goes without saying that each technology was welcomed by management and IT departments like the plague.

Impact of email
I well remember the uproar when email first took hold and soon consigned fax and paper letters to the archaeology department. I'm not sure how much fuss is about to be generated, but I can only imagine. The fact is social networking is making inroads twice as fast as its email predecessor.


Millenials have helped foster the use of social networking in the office?(Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Technology and its use moves on apace. We hear that the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary will never be printed, existing instead only in an online form from now on. There's a big surprise. Another nail in the coffin of an outdated mode.

The gnashing of old teeth is growing louder as I type, but the protests are increasingly irrelevant with the migration of more eager young minds and new expectations into industry.

Next developments?
What next? How about corporations that don't just use the technology behind the corporate firewall, but go 100 per cent public, with all inter and intra company communications available on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites? Surely that will never happen.

In the USA it has already started, and it could be that another big migration is underway. So what are the implications? Profound for sure.

For starters it looks like a slice of the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance legislation may well be neutered. Government, industry, regulators and the legal system will yet again be on the back foot.

And like many others, I'm thinking about all these developments in the context of my own company and future working.