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There are many impatient people in the world, it seems. I just got an IM out of the blue from a complete stranger. I responded with a single word greeting, then went back to work (I am at work after all).

A few seconds later I notice a message on my screen telling me I'm rude for ignoring people. Well, excuse me for not responding in three seconds to a complete stranger who is not even saying anything beyond "Hello" and shit. That makes as much sense as telemarketers getting mad because I don't pick up the phone. Just because I have Trillian running doesn't mean I'm required to answer people in under 5 seconds. Get a life.


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Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:18 am (UTC)
OH YES!! I remember that all to well. I used to use ICQ quite alot and I'd get the same thing!

Some people.

I rarely get on my IM's anymore.
Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:23 am (UTC)
I, like most grownups, use my IM clients to keep up with people I know. I also use them as a contact point for my Userpic volunteer work. But, when a stranger IMs me and has nothing to SAY, I don't feel any need to respond. Either ask a question, make a leading statement, something. Oh, well. The BLOCK button works equally well in Trillian as on the various component IM clients. :-)
Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:26 am (UTC)
Re: IM
Yah, and how rude are those idiots that keep sending me ads telling me they're naked in their livingroom? I send them replies, and do they EVER respond? Nope.

Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: IM
I'm still trying to parse the meaning of the oft-repeated phrase "farm slut" myself.
Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:30 am (UTC)
Re: IM
I got an e-mail on that one, but I think you have to pay $19.95 just to find out what it means.
Nov. 22nd, 2002 10:37 am (UTC)
Farm Sluts
Yeah, I don't think I'm that curious.
Nov. 22nd, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC)
But see that rule applies to ME, you have to answer ME right away dammit!!
Nov. 22nd, 2002 12:29 pm (UTC)
The difference being, when you IM me, you actually have a sentence or two you plan on exchanging. When a total stranger chats me up with "hey" and I respond with "straw" that is the point where most people either start talking or go away. :-)
Nov. 22nd, 2002 02:47 pm (UTC)
That's one reason why I don't use instant messaging programs any more. I don't have time to chat to random people. I don't even have time to chat to my own friends!

At least you have a life though ;)
Nov. 22nd, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
Life and IMs
I don't have time for rude presumptious people. Just because you were capable of sending me a message doesn't mean I want to talk to you. Congratulations, you know where the send key is. I also know where the Killfile is located. heh
Nov. 22nd, 2002 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Life and IMs
Nov. 23rd, 2002 08:36 am (UTC)
miss them; I could just picture you at work listening to Jim's computer typing the LJ post...
Nov. 23rd, 2002 09:55 am (UTC)
Re: Rants
Actually, it was Pat's computer. He's got a ringing sound set for every time he does anything, and other bells and dings for opening and closing programs. I don't know how he stands the cacophany.
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