Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 22:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Rachel Crosby speaks about her BlackBerry phone the way someone might speak of an embarrassing relative. 'I’m ashamed of it,' said Ms. Crosby, a Los Angeles sales representative who said she had stopped pulling out her BlackBerry at cocktail parties and conferences. In meetings, she says she hides her BlackBerry beneath her iPad for fear clients will see it and judge her." Other products many people own but feel ashamed about: sex toys. So essentially, the BlackBerry is now the equivalent of a vibrator. In all seriousness though - why feel ashamed because of a phone? Are people really that shallow? I'm really getting too old for this stuff.
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RE: Hop on the bandwagon...
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Oct 2012 17:19 UTC in reply to "Hop on the bandwagon..."
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I miss Instant Messaging. It was quick, personal and far better than self-publishing every boring minutiae of your life on a site where others leave feedback by telling you if they like it. Sadly, in my nook of the world IM seems completely dead.

I couldn't agree more. In the past year or two, I've done a few installations of a PHP/MySQL app called AjaxChat - it's essentially a clone of the basic functionality of IRC. And it's always amusing to see the first reactions from people who are more accustomed/only accustomed to "modern" social media.

There's almost always someone who comments "oh wow, it's like twitter, but instant!" And occasionally, there will be someone who's slightly more tech-savvy and will instead compare it to MSN Messenger, "but with multiple people".

As they say, "everything old is new again" - at least if the majority of the audience has forgotten the "old" (or was unaware of it to begin with).

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