It has been nearly 35 years ago, since I wrote my first electronic mail, between two Commodore computers, connected through a shared floppy drive. Then came the Internet, Usenet, the Web and all the rest. I started to use the Internet in 1987 and for commercial applications in the late 80s. In the early 90s, I subscribed to a Compuserve account. The "death of space and time" in communication and data transfer was an enormous advantage. Then it became a commodity, and sometimes even a disadvantage for those stressed out by it.
Email had its run. Not clear yet, what is the next thing. I am looking for an alternative since about 5 years. Nothing too convincing. Slack is good though. And a good way to communicate in a log, is just to share a text file on an FTP server - they call it "Cloud" now. Email these days can be even quite annoying, as it gives enthusiastic people a way spread their inefficiency. For M2M it maybe still useful. Let's see what way the "Internet of Things" will go.
Ergo, I will give up email and move to something more advanced. Don't know yet what that will be. Any suggestions? Seems at the moment, every team has its own solution. So, perhaps it is the shared file on the FTP server for a while?
When I know, more than 35 years after the first, I will send my last email. When you receive it, you know I am gone. It will say: "So long, and thanks for all the fish". I think, that's a good last line.