Pushing push e-mail

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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“…the devotees of push email say… your emails might be as much as 30 minutes out of date!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?

  • L. M. Lloyd

    I think it really depends on how you use email. For example, a lot of my friends use mainly IM clients, and check their email a couple times a day at best. For them, push, pull, it doesn’t matter, because if they get it in less than 4 hours, that is better than they expect.

    On the other side of it though, you have people like my girlfriend and me, who use email for constant back and forth conversations all day while we both work. I have a small group of friends that ping-pong emails around all day, and for us the faster the better, and push is a must.

    Personally, I think that the combination of the speed of push mail, combined with the asymmetric nature of email, make it the perfect way to have a conversation with someone who is busy working. If they don’t have the time to respond right then, they are not forced to, but if they want to carry on a conversation while things are slow, they can. This is exactly why IM has never appealed to me, because if I want to be locked into a real-time symmetric conversation, then I would rather do it over the phone.

  • L. M. Lloyd

    I think it really depends on how you use email. For example, a lot of my friends use mainly IM clients, and check their email a couple times a day at best. For them, push, pull, it doesn’t matter, because if they get it in less than 4 hours, that is better than they expect.

    On the other side of it though, you have people like my girlfriend and me, who use email for constant back and forth conversations all day while we both work. I have a small group of friends that ping-pong emails around all day, and for us the faster the better, and push is a must.

    Personally, I think that the combination of the speed of push mail, combined with the asymmetric nature of email, make it the perfect way to have a conversation with someone who is busy working. If they don’t have the time to respond right then, they are not forced to, but if they want to carry on a conversation while things are slow, they can. This is exactly why IM has never appealed to me, because if I want to be locked into a real-time symmetric conversation, then I would rather do it over the phone.

  • mrsyeltzin

    Push email, to me, is probably the most important aspect in both my work and personal life. I have two push accounts, one a corporate BES server, which i use heavily since I’m in IT and need to know what’s going on all the time (server alerts, service requests, etc all come to my berry) and then my personal gmail account, which probably presents a unique situation from many others.

    I’ve been known to carry on the back and forth almost IM like conversations over email with someone sitting at a desk or another berry user, however I also receive emails all day that keep me informed about what is going on. I have breaking news alerts from CNN, weather alerts from emergencyemail.org and weather.com, stock alerts, daily news emails from various websites/institutions. If these weren’t pushed to my phone than it would completely negate the point in getting email alerts, because we all know nobody can sit at a desk all day. and polling at a specified time for stock alerts, weather alerts, and news alerts? Thats just not right….

    I’m addicted to my crackberry. I’m going to marry it one day.

  • mrsyeltzin

    Push email, to me, is probably the most important aspect in both my work and personal life. I have two push accounts, one a corporate BES server, which i use heavily since I’m in IT and need to know what’s going on all the time (server alerts, service requests, etc all come to my berry) and then my personal gmail account, which probably presents a unique situation from many others.

    I’ve been known to carry on the back and forth almost IM like conversations over email with someone sitting at a desk or another berry user, however I also receive emails all day that keep me informed about what is going on. I have breaking news alerts from CNN, weather alerts from emergencyemail.org and weather.com, stock alerts, daily news emails from various websites/institutions. If these weren’t pushed to my phone than it would completely negate the point in getting email alerts, because we all know nobody can sit at a desk all day. and polling at a specified time for stock alerts, weather alerts, and news alerts? Thats just not right….

    I’m addicted to my crackberry. I’m going to marry it one day.

  • mrsyeltzin

    Push email, to me, is probably the most important aspect in both my work and personal life. I have two push accounts, one a corporate BES server, which i use heavily since I’m in IT and need to know what’s going on all the time (server alerts, service requests, etc all come to my berry) and then my personal gmail account, which probably presents a unique situation from many others.

    I’ve been known to carry on the back and forth almost IM like conversations over email with someone sitting at a desk or another berry user, however I also receive emails all day that keep me informed about what is going on. I have breaking news alerts from CNN, weather alerts from emergencyemail.org and weather.com, stock alerts, daily news emails from various websites/institutions. If these weren’t pushed to my phone than it would completely negate the point in getting email alerts, because we all know nobody can sit at a desk all day. and polling at a specified time for stock alerts, weather alerts, and news alerts? Thats just not right….

    I’m addicted to my crackberry. I’m going to marry it one day.

  • http://none mrsyeltzin

    Push email, to me, is probably the most important aspect in both my work and personal life. I have two push accounts, one a corporate BES server, which i use heavily since I’m in IT and need to know what’s going on all the time (server alerts, service requests, etc all come to my berry) and then my personal gmail account, which probably presents a unique situation from many others.

    I’ve been known to carry on the back and forth almost IM like conversations over email with someone sitting at a desk or another berry user, however I also receive emails all day that keep me informed about what is going on. I have breaking news alerts from CNN, weather alerts from emergencyemail.org and weather.com, stock alerts, daily news emails from various websites/institutions. If these weren’t pushed to my phone than it would completely negate the point in getting email alerts, because we all know nobody can sit at a desk all day. and polling at a specified time for stock alerts, weather alerts, and news alerts? Thats just not right….

    I’m addicted to my crackberry. I’m going to marry it one day.