Beth provided a link to the blog post by Alex Berger, titled “Social Networks, E-mail and User Behavior.” Below are a few of the reasons, from Alex, that our current college students have gravitated away from e-mail:
- By high school some of us were forced to register a new school e-mail address.
- For some the spam we’d accumulated from signing up for web surveys and the like caused us to abandon one e-mail in favor of a freshly registered restart.
- As the offerings evolved many of us also re-located from one provider to another – eg: from MSN to Google.
- By College we had our college e-mail and were forced to switch over, or balance several accounts simultaneously.
- As we began to search for internships and look for professional opportunities many of us then were forced to register new more professional e-mail addresses. Things like Alex.Berger@email.com to replace the old SunB4be1312@email.com.
- By graduation most of us then had to adopt new work e-mail addresses with our employers.
- Meanwhile our University e-mails eventually expired.
That said, at Georgia Southern University, e-mail is the official communication channel between the university and our students. So what I’ve been doing for the last semester or so is sending out “official” messages to my students at their Georgia Southern e-mail addresses. THEN, I immediately follow that up with a Facebook update or Facebook message letting them know to check their e-mail for a message from me. In most of my classes, there are several students who are my Facebook friends. They help spread the word to their classmates.
What do you do to communicate electronically with your students? I’d like to know. Please share your comments.
And in the meantime, read Alex’s entire article. It’s worth your time.