Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting e-mail, e-commerce and social media are banding together in an attempt to save the US Postal Service, the institution arguably most threatened by the technological developments of the past few years. As mail volume continues to plummet and more Americans use the Internet to pay bills and keep in touch, Google executives, social media experts and some of the most passionate tech evangelists are planning to meet in Crystal City in mid-June to sort out how to save and remake the nation’s mail delivery service. The conference, PostalVision 2020, is designed to bring together the people who understand what this technology has done, is doing and will do to digital commerce and communication in America. USPS anticipates losing about $7 billion during the fiscal year that ends in September and is in the process of eliminating 7,500 postmaster and administrative positions to save money.
If Google runs the USPS, robots will open your mail and apply small relevant ads on your letters. Competitors of these advertisers will then intercept your mail and remove the ads before you open it.
If Facebook runs the USPS, they’ll keep track of the list of people you get and send mail to, your interests … and these lists will be sold to the highest bidder in addition to being transferred to the CIA. Your mail will automatically taped to your walls, your mailbox will also be open at all times unless you use the easy to configure 64 button control panel located on each Facebox (TM).
If Twitter runs the USPS, you’ll only be able to get and send postcards 140 millimeters x 140 millimeters.
If Adafruit runs the USPS, you’ll get free mail service but you’ll need to make the paper yourself (free tutorials & plans online, we will also sell a paper making kit).
Update: From the comments…
If Sony runs the USPS, you will be sued if you use unauthorized paper, your personal data will be violated and compromised, and the only letters that will fit in your mailbox will be ones that have the “PostageStick” form factor.
If Microsoft runs the USPS, you can only send letters up to 640,000 characters long, and they must begin with the letters “MZ”.
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