Here's some material related to my complaints about email yesterday: the most recent Reply All podcast. It's partially about giving up on email. It seems that people may more readily abandon email if they're comfortable using some alternatives and have enough social leverage to enforce the switch. I don't think I could get away with it.
In the context of the "zero rating" plan hubbub I posted a couple weeks ago, Internet.org now has some app-centered competition. The Jana plan and mCent remind me of the old internet browser toolbars claiming users could make money by surfing. Those were strange times. Does anyone still use "surf" in an internet context?