What’s happening to my e-mail?

By Steve Outing

Increasingly, I’m getting messages from people via Facebook. That is, folks who are in my friends list on FB (around 200 now) go to my profile page and then use FB to send a message. I am alerted to the message with an e-mail, of course, but that just provides a link to the message on FB. I respond within FB.

Problem: I use my e-mail archive constantly, using Gmail’s incredible and fast search functionality to find stuff. But when there’s a thread stored on Facebook — when I’ve had a conversation with someone on FB — I can’t easily search for that. My communication archive is getting scattered.

I assume someone will soon come up with a solution. (Google? Most likely; I hear they’re working on it.) I want to be able to search across all the online discussions I’ve had in the past, on multiple platforms. That’s necessary, since an increasing number of folks now communicate outside of e-mail, especially younger people.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!