Here’s one of my conversations lately (this conversation pretty much happened this way the other night):
FAMILY FRIEND: “Can you email me photos of your new baby as soon as possible?”
ME: “I’ll put them on my Flickr.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “What’s that?”
ME: “It’s where I share my photos.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “Why are you being a jerk, just email them to me!”
ME: “I will put them on my Flickr account. Flickr is a much better place for you to look at photos, plus I can get them there from my cell phone without doing any work so you’ll get them faster.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “How do I get to your Flickr account and why can’t you just email me your photos?”
ME: “Just visit my blog, I link to my Flickr feed there.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “I don’t know where your blog is.”
ME: “Go to Google and search for my name and you’ll find my blog.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “I don’t get why you can’t just email me them. Well, can you at least let me know when your new baby arrives via email?”
ME: “Yeah, I’ll do that on my Twitter account, which will also show up on my Pownce account, and on my Facebook account, among others, just watch those places with your RSS Reader.”
FAMILY FRIEND: “GGGggggaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.”
MARYAM CHIMES IN: “Don’t worry, he’ll email you. I’ll make sure of it.”
ME: Realizes this is pretty stupid but has a plan. I’ll email everyone when my Twitter account, Zooomr account, Flickr account, Facebook account, Pownce account, Plaxo account, YouTube account, Kyte account, Jaiku account, and my blog are all updated with baby stuff.
Yes, the birth of our baby is about to bring the world more email.
Anyone have an email system that’d watch all the above for mentions of “Milan” or “Baby” and send out an alert to a preset list of people?
And now you know the trouble that these Web 2.0 sites will have in getting everyday people to try them out.
UPDATE: Barbara gave me heck for not having a Tumblr account, so here’s my Tumblr account. Heheh.