Monday, July 07, 2008

Voicemail: End of An Era?

I've never been a fan of it. Someone else had the same idea. I can certainly see how voicemail was a big deal when it first appeared in the 80s and solved a number of business staffing and communications problems, but I think it's quite clear that email has rendered much of that moot.

I remember my Dad cycling through what appeared to be scores of voice messages every night after getting home from work. The problem is obvious: with voicemail, you have to listen to every single one without a way of scanning or previewing to ascertain importance.

Is there a way of leaving voicemails via email or Internet? I think there has to be, I'm just too lazy to look it up.