February 7, 2011
The Decline of Web-Based E-Mail
The number of visitors to Web-based e-mail sites, like Gmail and Yahoo mail, declined 5.9 percent from November 2009 to November 2010, according to comScore, a firm that tracks Internet traffic, reports The New York Times.
That decline reflects the spread of mobile e-mail devices like iPhones, which do not need to log onto the Web to see messages; the number of people who check e-mail almost daily on a mobile device rose 40 percent in the same period.
“Younger users have so many communication channels that e-mail isn’t their first option,” said Andrew Lipsman, an analyst with comScore. “At this stage in their life, many of them are communicating through Facebook and texting.”
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