The result is that email is essentially the single Internet service available to almost any Internet user, whether they’re connected via a notebook 35,000 feet over Nebraska, noodling on a handheld gaming system at the back of a classroom, trying to ignore their mobile phone during a boring meeting, or waiting for a seat at an Internet cafe in Shanghai — almost Ipsos’s poll results resoundingly confirm email’s popularity.
But the bottom line is that you can still build a bare-bones email system using the technology Postel laid out in 1982 — in fact, that’s not an uncommon exercise in introductory computing classes.
This simplicity and longevity means it’s easy to build email support into virtually Internet-capable device or service.
And nine times out of ten the work has already been done.
Long-standing, well-tested email clients and systems are already out there just waiting to be plugged in.
What about Amazon, with an estimated 100 million customers worldwide? However, some cultures simply haven’t embraced it: in Japan, only 35 percent of online users tap into social media services.
Believe it or not, the answer is still Humble, humble email.
Is it Facebook, with its more than 850 million users? According to a new international poll conducted by Ipsos Global Public Affairs on behalf of Reuters, some 85 percent of Internet users around the world use email for communication.How about Twitter, with an estimated 500 million users? However, there does seem to be a major shift underway when it comes to social media: Worldwide, some 62 percent of Internet users communicate via social networking sites, and in some countries the percentages are much higher, with nearly three quarters of all Argentines, Russians, and South Africans visiting social media sites.