There needs to be some text messaging protocol set up by someone somewhere. I get text messages all the time, and most people get it. Some people don’t. Some people – what are they thinking?
My Text Messaging Protocol:
1. Succinct: Text messaging used to be called SMS (Short Message Service) back in the day. If you’re going to send me a text message, please remember SMS. If you plan on giving me a bunch of text, like almost 100 words (seriously) just e-mail me. That’s what that is for.
2. Obvious: Make sure you’re sure that I know what you’re talking about before you text me. Don’t ask me something like, “Is that okay?” I have no idea.
3. Spelling: I know those phone keyboards are little, but if you don’t have T9 turned on (text corrections and recognition that changes your typing automatically to what it ‘thinks’ you wanted to type) and if you have fingers that resemble sausages and type clusters of crazy character – just call me. That’s what that’s for.
4. Conversations: Please don’t text me with a conversation. E-mail. Call. Please.
5. Brief Answers: I love when I can reply “Yes” or “No” to a text message. I shouldn’t have to explain the turn-by-turn route to Baton Rouge from Chicago on a text message. SMS!
I have one friend who shall remain nameless (Theron) and we constantly text insults back and forth. I love it. Very fun. Very quick. And you can save them and read them later and laugh again.
On the other hand, my wife and I text message each other…well, never mind.
Texting is great for the following: to be private, to get quick answers to simple questions, to announce arrivals or departures, to give information that does not require a response or remark. Remember: SMS.
AIM is great on the iPhone. You can set up your AIM account to forward to your phone’s texting inbox. How great is that. No extra fees. And no matter where I am if someone texts me to my AIM account number, it either arrives in my AIM window or as a text message if I’m off-line. Then on my iPhone I just open AIM and reply back – for free.
So in conclusion: Short, Obvious, Announcements, Quick Questions, or Insults From Friends. If everyone would abide by these texting rules I would be a much happier iPhoner.
Or you could just call me. Remember those days? Just calling somebody? Interacting? I didn’t think you did.