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sobrique
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Communications
I consider that different media are appropriate to different messages.

Forum boards/livejournal. A public (ish) medium. A fair amount of stuff worth reading. Usually I will read everything on my LJ. Sooner or later anyway. On a busier forum, I'll often skip stuff that I don't think is/will be of interest.

Email: I'll almost certainly read it. Again, sooner or later. Usually when at work, email gets through fairly quick. But it _is_ a 'store and forward' protocol, and there's no guaranteed delivery constraint.
I'm also not always able to read my email - my work account is work only, and my home account is read maybe daily.
Although spam filters may trap stuff, it's usually fairly good.

SMS/Phone messages.
As email. They'll probably get to me. And i'll probably deal with it. Sooner or later. But bear in mind that phones have batteries that go flat, and signal that gets lost. It's faster and more reliable way to get hold of me than email though.

Phone conversation:
A message, and an acknowledgement all in one. If I need to be aware of something, then phone me. My number is on LJ, and most people I know already have my number.

Now this list is in inverse order of priority. Missed calls I'll almost always return as soon as I can. I will cancel the call if I'm driving, or in a place where it's not terribly practical to answer. (like a meeting). But you'll get a call back as soon as I'm able.

SMS/phone messages will _usually_ get to me in a timely fashion. But don't forget that SMS is a store and forward protocol in much the same way as email. So it can be delayed by days. It's IMHO appropriate for getting messages to me at the weekend and for things like 'so are you up for the pub tonight?'.

Email. Will probably get to me. Sooner or later. At work, this can be within a few minutes. If it's the weekend, it'll probably be monday. I'll typically see it though. Appropriate for things that need a response, or that I need to be aware of, but which aren't time critical.

Forum posts. Well, I might see them. Then again, I might not. And then it might be a week later.
If it's on a forum, and you think I need to see it, then draw my attention to it in one of the ways above. (especially if it's SINergy).
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nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It's IMHO appropriate for getting messages to me at the weekend and for things like 'so are you up for the pub tonight?'.

You mean that SMS can be used for things other than pub arrangements?!
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes.
There's:
flirting.
Arranging to go eat. (although that's usually more complicated, because it involves a discussion of where)
Cinema trips.
Co ordinating breakfast. (not as strange as it sounds)
And announcement that they've just lost the game.
Stupid games at the pub (beep beep, watch people dive for their mobile)

Hrm. Getting more tenuous now.

Oh well. I'll shut up.
nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I once got an SMS that said 'The Easter Bunny DOES exist!' - but we'd recently watched Chasing Amy.

Arranging to eat? Isn't it just as simple to pick up the phone and call? I get annoyed after a while with all the back and forth. Just do it, baby.

Breakfast? Wa-hey! ;)
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but the whole arranging to eat involves subgroup committee comming to the conclusion that tonight shall be a barbeque at a particular location, and then circulating the message to people who might be interested.

It's really a complicated process.
nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. :D
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
And would you believe in my naivety I completely missed that implication of breakfast arrangements?
nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Tut. One of the all time classic bad pickup lines: Shall I call you for breakfast... Or nudge you?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, does it work? ;p
nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Wouldn't know, I've never heard it used outside of the movie Sneakers (it was Sneakers, I think.)
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I guess this requires some empirical evidence...
nuala From: nuala Date: May 13th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin*
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)
the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: May 13th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
fuck!
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 13th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I suppose you could do the whole cybersex thing...
the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: May 13th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
:p

I was refering to your bleeding game reference....
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