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Social networking to replace email?

Facebook and Twitter will soon overtake email as the chosen form of digital communication according to industry experts speaking at the South by South West Festival. It seems that status updates have become the primary means for keeping in touch with friends and family.

"We are all in the process of creating e-mail 2.0," the founder of social network Yammer told said attendees at the music and media showcase. "What people want to do on social network these days is post status updates. We think it's all people want to do."

The instant, real time nature of social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter has become the mode of communication of choice of Generation Y in comparison to email which by now seems to have become the digital equivalent of the letter. With Facebook boasting over 175m users and growing steadily it looks as if it could be the end of email.

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