Wow! Some girl who’s Messenger contact info an old acquaintence forwarded to me a couple weeks ago just threatened that she’d ‘delete me’ if I didn’t reply to her chat. Admittedly, the past coupld of times she’d messaged me, I was away from the keyboard (AFK in chat lingo ) but apparently I’m supposed to be at my desk and respond to her requests within a day or so or I’ll be deleted.
Well, ya know what? My computer is a piece o’ crap and Messenger doesn’t always work properly. And not only do I not receive every message sent to me, but there’s a good chance that silly status thing doesn’t tell the truth and I’m not always around when it says I am. At best, if it says I’m around – take it as a maybe. If you want to reach me reliably next time, ask for my phone number or, better yet, offer yours up. Phone calls are a touch more reliable. How’s that sound?
She may be in a tiny minority on my conatct list, but she’s not alone. To all of you who get mad if I don’t respond to chat requests instantly: MSN Messenger isn’t a live transponder which can be counted upon to report some kind of telepathic link to the Internet from my brain. Not to mention the fact that, even without a phone number, I have – an e-mail address, a Skype address, Yahoo chat address, Google talk adress, etc., etc. There are numerous other ways to try and reach me if someone needs to. Threatening to cut me off from ever speaking to you again because I didn’t leap out of the bathroom or suddenly come awake and rush to my desk to the revelie of the Messenger ding is really silly and anyone who thinks this way isn’t being very courteous in my view.
Please be patient – and send e-mail or call if chats don’t work, k?