Seems to be a lot of opinions floating around about, well, everything on the Internet – who knew? In an article found on All About Symbian, Steve Litchfield gives his two on push email in his piece titled “Push Email: Help, Hype, or Hinderance”. Now, that’s the question we’re going to ask you when the dust settles on this post, but let’s look at what ol’ Steve’s got to say first. Think he wants to give the push to push? Yeah, right.
“…the devotees of push email say… your emails might be as much as 30 minutes out of date! Err…. we’re talking about email here, the original time-independent communications medium. An email might take hours to get from A to B, depending on what’s happening around the Internet. And the whole point of email is that you want the person to get it but it’s not critical exactly when it’s read. Certainly not to within a few minutes, anyway. After all, if the message was that important, you’d have telephoned and spoken in person.
In the end, Litchfield sort of cops out
like I usually do and asks for opinions, but he notes that he’s the kind who will check his email once an hour and doesn’t need to be notified every time a new email flies into his inbox.
I don’t know about all of you – I’m a compulsive email checker, and since I’ve gotten a BlackBerry, I’ve been more e-active than ever before. Using the phone is slowly becoming more arbitrary to me, and that’s just not good. Where do all of you sit on push email? Is this what’s turning BlackBerrys into CrackBerrys?