May 13, 2004

Instant what?

Relearning things really stinks. You have a vague idea of what you are doing, but you have to learn the specifics all over again.

I recently downloaded the full version of Instant Messenger. I had Quickbuddy at the start of the school year for Writing for the Web. I didn't know what I was doing, but I eventually learned the lingo (i.e. LOL "What the heck is that?"). Anyway, I got really ticked when people wanted to talk and I had assignments to do, so I deleted it from my computer for the remainder of the school year. I am happy to say that I did. I can't tell people, "Look, I have got to go. I have a 25 page paper due tomorrow." I love people, but my work usually takes precedence over social engagements, especially the textual kind. Well, with the exception of blogs, which you can go to any time.

It is back; however, under very different circumstances. Summer--I have infinite amounts of free time. Well, until I start working full-time.

But I have to relearn everything. I sit here typing and then this creepy door opens and someone signs on. My speakers are always turned up because I play CDs, so it really scares me, just like my freakishly loud printer that likes spitting out inky sheets. What a monster. Anyway, I don't know what I should do with it...does anyone have any pointers?

My cousin, Amy, told me to stop using capitals and perfect punctuation, but I can't help it. I am working on imperfection. That just sounds terrible.

And what about telling people you have to go. What do you say? I haven't initiated any conversations yet, but I don't know how to judge if they are busy too. How does one know if the other person is honestly honest about what they are saying?

I guess I could call them up.
Or meet for coffee, but that would be defeating the purpose of a cost-effective communication device. Skimp on the costs or emotion? I really don't know. Heck, I could just start using smileys even more profusely than I do now. :p :-D :-) ;):| >:-)

In any case, as much as I love talking to my friends online, I like talking in person much better. Especially for the laughs. LOL just doesn't seem to cut it. But for the time being, it'll have to do.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at May 13, 2004 12:37 AM

wow this is a lot better than the old lace thing. The bible says to tell the truth. If I was on either side I would like the truth.

Posted by: grammy at May 13, 2004 10:53 AM

You don't like my poetry? Haha.

Yes, I would like the truth too, grandma. Have you ever used instant messenger?

Posted by: Amanda at May 13, 2004 5:31 PM

I tend to like IM for a number of reasons: it's free, I can use it on any computer that has it downloaded, it's personal (i.e. someone can't "hear" what I'm saying like they can on the phone), it's efficient (i.e. I can talk to numerous people at once effectively).

I'm with you about liking normal conversation more than IM, but when I get a car, we can do more of that, okie dokie? ;^) That way we won't have to say "LOL" and we don't have to click to make anything work (remember that one??, haha).

Until then, I IM. :^D

Posted by: Karissa at May 13, 2004 9:48 PM
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