This is just general information for everyone who chats with me via chat: Due to the nature of my profession, sometimes my responses to you over any instant messaging service may be delayed severely, employ brevity, or both. Unless otherwise informed, I am not pissed, angry, upset, displeased, or generally negative in your direction. I will tell you up front if I’m pissed at you; have no fear. Keep in mind that my priority is WORKING, and unfortunately, unless you’re offering me a better salary, I’m going to have to kick you to the back burner and respond when time permits.
Before any of you Chatty McChattersons reply back with, “So don’t log into AIM,” keep in mind that I’m required to by my work 😛
This has been an announcement from the Department of Redundancy Department. We will now return you to your regularly scheduled chaos.
Yeah, duh, I know you’re all working and shit. Besides, I hate people who are all, “HELLO? HELLO? R U THERE? Y DONT U TALK TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE????”
Goddamn, people are morons.
And the notorious “Are you mad at me?”
I mean, come on, I apologize for not humoring your ADD by responding within 4 seconds.
For me, it’s not so much the ADD-required 1 second response; I put a little away message up that states that I’m at work, and I’m going to respond when I get to it. Add to the fact that I have separate work and home SNs and it’s even clearer as to which hat I’m wearing at that time.
The problem I’m having right now is that multiple people beleive I’m too curt or short with them over IM. Mostly because I’m in the middle of something, and I can spare 2-3 seconds to type out a quick response to let them know that I’m acknowledging their greeting, but I’m also focusing on my job. However, when you engage in a lengthy conversation due to some serious work dead time, they get used to the rapid response and ‘forget’ that I’m at work. Hence, when something requiring my attention pops up and I delay my response, they start to question my mood. And this is like 5 different people who’ve done that to me… TODAY. FIVE. That’s a whole hand of counting right there.