At the recent #GEUG12 meeting, Barry Foley from University College Cork talked about their implementation of Google Apps (start 00:50):
The most interesting part of his (excellent) talk for me was how GMail (integrated in Google Apps) has resurrected email as the primary professional comms channel. This raises other issues:
- Email gives the differentiation between the professional and the social (facebook).
- The failure of RSS to "stick" (yes, I know you use RSS, but there's just the two of us, no-one else does)
- An internal communication project where I'm stressing feedburner email subscriptions to cascade information, rather than RSS.
- Increased use of email on large undergraduate modules for "personalization". Offering a choice of channels between public/social and private/email.
- A decent desktop email client (now that GMail is outlawed in these parts). Experimented with Sparrow but eventually reluctantly returned to Outlook. Sigh.
- Do I really want to generate that amount of student email?
Will I cope? Need to dust off my rusty old Mail Merge skills.
- And I definitely need better tools. Sparrow didn't survive long term scrutiny. Will Postbox make the difference?