Social Networks are the new E-Mail
A recent article published by the BBC has found that online community platforms such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are quickly becoming the preferred method of online communication via and at the expense of more traditional platforms such as stand alone e-mail programs. Programs such as Facebook offer a more community based, integrated approach to digital communication.
Recently, Alison Cavanagh has published an article detailing the rise and factioning of online communities, illuminating many of the positive and negative aspects of web based community as well as some related research issues.
BBC: Facebook Supplanting E-mail