It's kind of interesting that with all the social media and messaging applications we have available, I find myself simply calling people more often. Phone calls really are the "new black" in my opinion. Although I use Twitter, Email, Facebook as well as IM's, I am more and more concerned that too much goes "missing" in the ether. Further, as I am communicating in multiple languages, it's become so much easier to simply call in order to avoid misunderstandings. Sure, it's more convenient to send someone a digital message via the multiple channels mentioned above. Yet at the same time, I notice that when I need to be absolutely clear, the best thing to do is to pick up the phone and call someone. I also find that the length (or more accurately the shortness) of messages when using Twitter for example, becomes the source of misunderstanding. Yes, you manage to be succinct and to the point but at times, you leave out essential elements. This is something to think about before shooting off your next Tweet or IM. If it's critical, use the phone.
Update: here's another view how social media and messaging is creeping into conversation and screwing things up.