A very funny story about a man who has seen a problem and is prescribing a "solution" that is 100% wrong and the complete opposite of what needs to be done:
Thierry Breton, Atos’s 56-year-old chief executive officer who is a former French finance minister [...] pointed to a recent study by the business watchdog ORSE, which reads: ‘Reading useless messages is terrible for concentration, as it takes 64 seconds to get back on the ball after doing so. Poorly controlled, the e-mail can become a devastating tool.’
Mr Breton suggested that a real time messaging interface as available on sites like Facebook would be far preferable to email, with staff also encouraged to talk to each other in person.
So an email, that you can reply to at your leisure, wastes time, but an instant message, that calls for immediate attention, does not? Oookay then. As for Facebook, he must have added that for comic effect. Right? Right?