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Technology Break Down

Are you superstitious?  Do you avoid splitting the pole? If you found a chain letter in your mailbox while sorting thru your bills, would you take the time to make copies and mail it to ten friends?  Better yet, when you get those emails that say: forward to ten friends in the next seventeen seconds, and your wish will come true, do you do it?  If so, take me off your distro list because I don’t believe in that mess, and I’m tired of y’all cluttering up my inbox with foolishness! *rolling eyes* 

Technology is a wonderful thing.  We can send email, instant messages, and text messages.  We have call tones, answer tones, ring tones and blue tooth.  We have myspace, face book, blogs and God only knows what else that allows us to make “friends” and stay current on social commentary and celebrity gossip.  I find myself in a love hate relationship with technology.  I love it because it makes my life so much simpler, but I hate it because so many people abuse it.  In light of that, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog to those technology faux pas that DRIVE ME UP A WALL.  If you are reading this and actively participate in any of these transgressions, please adjust your behavior accordingly, because I know I am not the only one annoyed. 

Clean It Up:  Before you forward an email to everyone on your distro list, clean it up!  We all appreciate being kept in the know of all the celebrity gossip. We all appreciate getting the cute anecdotes about growing old gracefully and those you know you’re a child of the 70’s/80’s if emails BUT…..we can all do without having to scroll through 17 lines of “forwarded message” breaks.  Before you click send, take a moment to delete all those email addresses and commentary of everyone that read the message before you! 

BCC Is Your Friend:  For those that don’t know “Blind Carbon Copy” is a wonderful feature.  It allows you to send out emails to everyone, while protecting the sanctity of their email addresses.  I don’t care to know that I was one of twenty three people that you chose to send that “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates” email to.  There are times when you won’t use the BCC.  For instance, if you are inviting a group of friends to meet you for drinks, you might want everyone’s email address to be visible (for carpool purposes, or just as an FYI).  If you are sending out that You Tube video of the little girl dancing like Beyonce, by all means BCC! 

Reply All Is The ENEMY:  Oh my God, I don’t understand why people have not grasped the concept of “reply to sender”.  Is it that the “reply all” button is more readily available, or do people just lack common courtesy?  What on earth makes you think all twenty people on the distro list care to read your commentary about the message?  Most of them probably don’t know you, so the fact that you think the baby is “precious and getting so big” is of no consequence to them. *rolling eyes again*  As previously stated, if the email is about meeting for drinks or something that requires group input, then by all means “reply all”, but if you are just giving your two cents about the Will and Jada pictures you just received “reply to sender” only please! (FYI, proper usage of the BCC will prevent this from happening)

 Respect the Work Email:  When sending emails, if you know the content is racy, do not forward it to someone’s work address.  Even if you put a disclaimer at the top of the message, Corporate IT can snag the message before your friend sees it.  He/She will be doing the walk of shame right out the building with that sad cardboard box without even knowing why!  Everyone should use their free yahoo accounts to correspond with the homies!  I am all for the Corporate America Hustle, but do not use the people’s good email program to forward porn, dancing babies, and hip hop gossip too often.  Believe me when I tell you Corporate IT is watching! 

Yes, The Baby Is Cute:  BUT we do not need a new picture everyday! Before email, when pictures were being sent out via snail mail, they were few and far between because there was a cost involved.  Now that you can upload and send the images for free, I think some people have lost their minds! Maybe a new mother can tell the changes in a baby from day to day or week to week, but to the untrained eye little June-June is looking the same in every picture.  So please, to spare yourself from email block, only send out the pictures quarterly, at holidays, and when he/she is wearing an outfit purchased by the recipient (and in all cases refer to the aforementioned rules for BCC)! 

Kill The Chirp:  I have learned to respect the values of the blue tooth.  The ability to be “hands free” while using your cell phone is a definite perk.  But as God as my witness I do not now nor will I ever understand why people think that Chirp-Chirp Nextel walkie talkie mess is acceptable.  What makes you think the rest of us want to hear your conversation?  It has to be one of the most rude and intrusive technological things out there today.  I was on a plane recently and a guy was getting his chirp on while people were boarding.  I was so annoyed!  I have never been so happy for the forward doors to close IN MY LIFE!   

There are several other email/cell phone behaviors out there that you might find annoying, but in the interest of time and space, I had to cut the list short.  As always, please feel free to add your own commentary! If you have a friend that is constantly committing any of these transgressions, forward on this blog link and maybe she’ll get the hint.  In closing I would like to again state for the record technology is a wonderful thing.  J 



October 4, 2007 - Posted by | Fun, Life, Opinion, Technology


  1. Those people that send the emails without fact checking need to be put on blast! If you did not see it on the news yourself. If you did not read it in a REPUTABLE NEWSPAPER (i.e. NOT Jet Magazine), do not “pass it on” without doing a little research!

    Comment by Tameka | October 4, 2007

  2. People, Jerzee Chick is sooooooooo serious about this. She put me on email block 5 years ago! However, she is also soooooooo correct! I sent this blog to everyone on my distro list and guess what?? I just received a “reply all” response!!!!! ???

    Comment by Shangazi | October 4, 2007

  3. i told you before….i hate the distro list. kill the distro list. these pirates who have stolen my address from these “unclean” forwards, bog my boxes down with info that a) i did not solicit, and b) don’t give a hoot about. and, if you are sending it to one mikbaby address, why do you have to send it to all three and then again, why do you think you know me that well. Now, we need to get on to the next subject…Bleach does not make you clean!

    Comment by MikBaby | October 4, 2007

  4. I’m right there with you. Sometimes I just see the letters FW right next to subject and that is it. Delete.
    I can only forward those that are really worth it, funny or might make you realize how wonderful you are and give you a life lift for the day. Some people don’t respect that we have work to do, some people do nothing but sending (forward) those stupid, “if you don’t send this to 100 people, something bad is going to happen to you”. How can somebody be so inconsiderate? Wishing you bad luck? That is all they doing…. DIST list, just between yesterday and today I got like 200 msges from a dist list at work, and the ones that are not supposed to received are even more stupid replying all, so it goes out again to all 200 people on the dist list, so that makes it like 800 msges… Dah! Now what about those, you really want to receive messages from? never write to you or never respond, that is rude, when you are emailing just that person and totally ignores your message or say, “I haven’t read my emails in ages”.. The hell with them, I know they are not getting invited to my next party…

    Comment by La Diva Loca | October 4, 2007

  5. If anyone is interested in learning the ins and outs of email block….I’m available!

    Comment by JerzeeChick | October 4, 2007

  6. Finally someone has the balls to address an issue that many of us are effected by daily. It’s somewhat taboo to discuss this topic, because the people that we receive these emails from are family or friends that mean well and we love them. But are a lil naive about simple computer etiquette. Seriously, I think we all should blast todays blog out in mass emails to all that have violated these guidelines in our past and present. This could be your opportunity to drive an important issue home without directly saying “Cut it out” and hurting someone you love feelings. Stand up for your right to have a clean inbox. Stand up to these REPLY ALL VILLAINS. I will no longer be a victim.

    Oh and the CHIRP is just ghetto and you do it in public, guess what? (Drum role please) your ghetto!!!

    check this link out..We all should save it.

    Well done Jerzee Chick, your like a cyber super hero saving the net from the BS.

    Comment by The Lone Wolf | October 4, 2007

  7. This is soooo funny but TRUE!

    Comment by Jhaque | December 21, 2007

  8. Thanks!,

    Comment by Exwjwpos | December 13, 2008

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