Video Mail? Let’s give it a shot. This is a Mail to you Alan Cohen, and anyone else who might bother to check this blog out. In case you’ve missed it, Alan Cohen and I have been having it out about the viability of video mail. I recently realized that bandwidth, as an excuse, is going away with regard to why we don’t video email one another, but I couldn’t figure out why we don’t use it more. I wanted to send a video email to my girlfriend, but realized we just can’t do it. I thought about it and then asserted that video email won’t happen for a few reasons. First is cost – mobile operators generally want to charge money for a service that chews up their bandwidth. There is only so much money floating around out there and services, like video are costly when it comes to bandwidth. I had a comment from Japan talking about NTT doing video email already. The second is application integration. I don’t have video email in my Microsoft Outlook application, so that is generally an inhibitor. Since making this assertion, I realized that applications are becoming increasingly web centric, and less desktop centric. If we fuse You-tube with email – voila! this issue goes away – so I’ll say I’m wrong (or potentially wrong) on this point. Finally was sociology. I’m posting the words to this blog, I’ll let the readers post which way they preferred to receive the information that I’m conveying. Alan believes that etiquette is changing, which will also change people’s philosophy with regard to sending and receiving video email. I can tell you that I’m probably more dressed up to give this talk than I normally am at work. So I’m not sure if appearance of the speaker is the issue. I also believe that with the emergence of Web 2.0, people are moving toward less formalized communications – as evidenced by Web 2.0. I’ll leave it up to our readers to decide what they like better.