Let's face it, email has become unuseable, the latest worm to strike is likely only the tip of the iceberg we're about to collide with. I've never liked the metaphore of an 'inbox', certainly not one that fills up and can't accurately be filtered.
Source: Email is Dead, Long Live Email!
I linked to D.J.Bernstein’s Internet Mail 2000 project a little while back, and I think what Adam Curry says here is along a similar path.
<p>Internet Mail 2000 starts off with the assumption, “Mail storage is the sender’s responsibility.” So, you want to send me an email? Post it on your server and tell me to come & get it. When I get the notification, I’ll then decide whether or not I want to bother. There are a lot of details to fill in here, such as secure posting and retrieval, trust and identity, notification mechanisms. But, it certainly would seem to balance out the equation a bit.</p> <p>How to do it, though, so that things are still at least as simple to use as existing email, such as it is?</p>