Future of E-mail… firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a future concept idea that I came up with a few months ago.
I don’t think it’s a completely new idea.
I have noticed (as have web trend bloggers) that E-mail is on the decline in social circles and social networking messaging (chat, private messages) are taking its place. However, E-mail still has an important function in business.
What if social networking messaging could replace email seamlessly!
So, if you send me an email at email@example.com, it shows up in my Facebook Inbox. If I send a private message from BuddyPress to my friend at firstname.lastname@example.org, then BuddyPress moves the message from the social networking protocol to the SMTP protocol. My friend gets a normal email in their Gmail account from email@example.com. If I send an “email” from BuddyPress to Facebook, it is transferred from one social network to another using an E-mail-like protocol. If BuddyPress could do this, it would set the precedent for the evolutionary integration of E-mail into the Web 2.0/3.0 world.
People could forget about traditional E-mail, but those who still use it remain in full communicability with the next generation.
Have I explained the concept?
I think its a great idea. I have a boutique type domain that would appeal to users to have an email service associated with and have wished to offer the same for awhile.
I am one guy still and managing an email system without an administrator would be like opening a strip club with no bouncers, asking for trouble.
Or thats how I feel.
But if someone could offer it as SAS… plugin? But how to recoup costs?
I like the idea, just lack the cost of admission.
I think technologically it would be fairly straight forward.
A number of years ago I offered email to my users and in the end there were thousands of people using my servers for email, including spam bots.
Here is the biggest problem that I faced.
As there was so much ‘spam’ coming from my domains, I was blacklisted on aol, and yahoo, and a few others. To this day, I still cannot use those domains to send email to aol etc…. Once blacklisted, it seems to be forever.
While I think the idea is cool, I cannot see a reason that I would ever offer email to my users other than my admins/moderators for internal communication.
just my 2cents
I am fairly certain that myspace already does this? Or at least they did for a while.
I thought about this kind of thing too. Problem was I didn\’t want to become an email provider simply to provide a cool convenience feature. I\’m not an email guru. Do email protocol servers have a wildcard DNS type feature?
Gets you somewhere in the bowels of the email server and winds up in the \’unknown address\’ bucket. I get a response back normally that tells me that it\’s an invalid address. Nobody here like that buddy.
What if that \’unknown address\’ reponse got hooked and we looked up valid wpmu usernames instead of valid email users? Don’t create email accounts. Just respond to matches with vaild users for incoming only events.
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