IM crazy

Last week, I was told,

You should really get used to distinguishing your online and offline life!

And I wondered if I was spending too much time online. Only 8 hours+ at work. Some blogging on weekends. Who’s counting email? And now anyone in the world can see my chosen apparel for the day with Yahoo! Avatars. Oh and there’s always Instant Messenger.

Instant Messenger is in constant use across timezones, plugging people in different countries into one office. On one hand I marvel at the wonder that I’m talking to people in three continents much more often than with friends and family in the same city. Out of sight, out of mind, they say. Well, these people are constantly in my line of view as long as the green dot is flashing next to their names!Β 

Today, I got an email from a colleague titled

* IM not working *

I had to read the email to discover that I was being asked to email for queries instead of assuming she was offline (and hence off-office for the day). I mailed back

For a minute, I thought you were saying “I’m not working!”

Haha! I wish!

Imagine if instead you had said: IM on strike!

Or: IM off for the rest of the day!

IM not taking any more messages!

IM not a servant!

IM going nuts!

The last message I received was:

IM gonna quit!

πŸ™‚ Presumably that refers to the application and not the person. Tomorrow I’ll know when I see the green (or grey) dot next to the name.

5 thoughts on “IM crazy

  1. Heh, the two most often heard things in my office is:
    1. IM Hungry
    2. IM Going to Quit

    Heh. Since, our IT policy requires everything to be firewalled, there is no ambiguity on what the IM reference is to.

  2. The other day, on the phone, you uttered ‘Wait a moment, Brad’; do I call you ‘Ideasmith’ in real life? πŸ™‚ Raincheck!

  3. @ Brad: Did I? That’s how I think of you. And you’re welcome to refer to me as IdeaSmith.

    @ Which Main? What Cross? πŸ˜€ Good title but rather long handle that is, no?

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