Monday, January 31, 2005

Free but comes at a price

I had never grasped the full extent to which free messaging had caught on till I found myself at a hutch showroom next to a 60-year-old priest who was making sure his plan included free messaging. Now, before you accuse me of anything, I have to say I have nothing against vadhyars being tech savvy. It’s just that, there is something incongruous about the image of a priest clad in a dhoti and messaging (of course its could have been for his kid but I choose to ignore that).

Free messaging does seem like a win-win situation, you and I get to message free of cost, also the number of connections go up meaning more moolah for the provider. Where then is the problem? Well, the next time you send something of great consequence to a friend and then wonder in frustration at the non-delivery of your message just take a moment and think about the competition your message has to face in the network.

(This is not an exhaustive list. Feel free to add on)

#1. X sent the following message to Y –

Ok (shortened form of okay obviously)

#2. R sent the following message to S–

K (that’s Ok in short)

#3 Y sent the following message to W


#4 A sent this message to all the contacts in his phone book (yes, all 42 of them)

Why did Bunty Singh eat only the filling in his samosa in a restaurant? Because his doctor told him not to eat anything from outside.

C feels that the joke is worth forwarding and proceeds to send the above message to everyone on his list including (for some strange reason) A

#5 B sent this to all the contacts in his phone book.

Hi! XYZ company is celebrating its second anniversary today. Send this message to 15 friends and your Rs.250 will be added to your account balance.

#6 L sent this to every person on his contact list who had an exam the next day

If you send this message to 15 people you will surely pass tomorrow. Trust me, I did it the previous semester and I cleared all my papers.

I think you get the drift. Shame of you if you can relate to more than two among X, R, Y, A, C, B and L!

It’s interesting to note the way the social etiquette of messaging has evolved. It was never necessary to acknowledge a message whenever you received one. Instantaneous delivery was assumed and replies never expected unless absolutely necessary. Replies in fact were a bonus! Now, inboxes are filled with a deluge of messages for not acknowledging each of the previous ones.

The next time you curse the network provider for delay in delivery, just remember that there are probably atleast four abusers of the sanctity that is free communication out there who are forwarding to you the same joke for the sake of keeping in touch.

Finally, a very apt Dilbert cartoon strip. Trust Scott Adams to have come up with this! (Thanks to Orkut and Swaminathan from Bangalore)

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Blogger Anjana said...

Ah the long-awaited blog, nice! Check out this semi-useless info: Just to promote texting, Singapore Telecom sponsored recently a contest, in which they had a fast text messaging contest, and in that contest they allegedly were able to break the Guinness Book of World Records for text messaging.

The champion was Kimberly Yeo, a 23-year-old student, who typed this message in 43.66 seconds: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

8:21 PM  
Blogger P said...

Yep! I have seen that before. Our juniors included that in the prelims of their quiz.

The USP of Reliance Infocomm now seems to be "less Congested Networks!". Couldn't find the ad on google though.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Prashant brother, where are you da ? Haven't updated in a month I see ....

2:22 PM  
Blogger Kirthi said...

I got this url from orkut's India community. Interesting blog and intersting title: cacoethes scribendi!!

8:48 AM  

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