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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Hop on the bandwagon...
by r_a_trip on Wed 17th Oct 2012 10:07 UTC
r_a_trip
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2005-07-06

It's a sign of the times. You better speak "cool smartphone" or else you are a thing of the past. Join or be left behind.

I do speak "cool smartphone", but I'm a dinosaur when it comes to twitter, facebook, instagram. At a certain age you stop making sense of new phenomenons.

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.

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RE: Hop on the bandwagon...
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 17th Oct 2012 17:19 in reply to "Hop on the bandwagon..."
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

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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RE: Hop on the bandwagon...
by lucas_maximus on Wed 17th Oct 2012 19:18 in reply to "Hop on the bandwagon..."
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2009-08-18

A chap said to me "Lets face it, your real mates are people you go down the pub with".

The British drinking culture aside ... he was completely correct. Your real friends are the people you spend time with.

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RE: Hop on the bandwagon...
by zima on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:22 in reply to "Hop on the bandwagon..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm a dinosaur when it comes to twitter, facebook, instagram. At a certain age you stop making sense of new phenomenons.
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.

Or you mostly try to avoid new phenomenons, them sucking out your time for little perceived gain really (as concluded after some period of more active usage) - I mean, does "making sense" requires now constant participation?*


But did IM ever really left? Well, I wouldn't know about your place, but maybe look beyond the "classic" IM networks of ICQ (which does live on in CIS), AOL, or MSN... (none of which was really very popular at my place BTW; we have our own monstrosity http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadu-Gadu )

...first, there's SMS. Which is IM, really, especially considering it often has conversation view on more modern phones. On those you also have more overt "mobile IM" networks (BBM, Apple one, Whatsapp). And IM tied to other services - like FB or Gmail/Gtalk (which is also integrated into Android, and can be used from any native XMPP client). Also Skype - perhaps used mostly for voice & video, but from what I see people do use its IM capacity (at the least, when explaining why they can't do VoIP at the moment)


*and twitter & co. are a good supplement to IM & mail - a place for all the "interesting spam" people sent via mail or IM to buddies. Now, when they contact somebody directly, it's more likely to be something really pertaining to that person.

Edited 2012-10-19 20:28 UTC

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