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Is Email Killing the Post Office?
By Chris Crum

Is email killing the post office? It's not a new question. In fact, it's been around nearly as long as the mainstream use of email itself, but it's also not gone away, and the USPS has seen better days. I'm not normally one to buy too much into the typical x is killing y kind of hype, but the Postal Service is clearly severely injured.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has put out a lengthy report looking at the decline of the USPS and its contributing factors. While the seven-page pice just briefly touches upon the subject of email, comparing the performance of the USPS to that of FedEx, UPS, and DHL, as well as counterparts in other countries, there's no question that email and online communication in general have done their fair share of damage.

People have been using email for years now, and despite some predicting the death of email (at the hands of social media), it's clear that it's hear to stay for quite some time. Even if email were to die, it wouldn't do much to help the postal service.

As we've seen just in the past week alone, email is an incredibly important part of business for companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Twitter. Even Facebook has its own email now, and social networks all still rely on email to keep users engaged - that goes for the professionals too (ie: the newly public LinkedIn).

In a recent study, 45% said that their use of email at work will most likely increase in the next five years. 51% said that it would likely stay the same. Only 4% thought it would decrease. At home, 36% of those surveyed thought their email use will increase, 55% said it will stand pat and 6% said it will likely decrease.

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