Practical, that’s me. Not always brilliant, or clever, but practical? Yep. It’s a reason I love to communicate via email. I know, I know, so 2010. But wait! Take another look at this ancient, almost extinct communication format. Everyone who knows your email address and has a computer, smart phone, iPad or other communication device can communicate with you quickly. Copies can be sent to other people at the same time. The communication doesn’t have auto-correct, but it does have spell check, so you can sound coherent. (Please spare me another RUthey’re? text).
More and more people are abandoning email for social media hubs. One person wants to connect via LinkedIn, another Facebook, a third Skype. I don’t keep Skype open on my desk top, so I missed the notice of a cancelled in-person meeting because it was sent using Skype Instant Messaging. I showed up at the appointed time, but the other person didn’t. They didn’t even withdraw the meeting from Outlook, which I would have received. It did not occur to me to check Skype for a cancellation of an in-person meeting before I left.
I don’t keep apps for Facebook, LinkedIn or Skype on my cell phone. Who needs the hysterical beeping and frantic alert signals of someone posting a selfie or updating the spelling of their new title on LinkedIn? Sure, I can turn the alerts off, and I did. Then I removed the apps from the phone, too. I was spending too much time staring at a screen while life happened. I prefer to check in on the social media hubs when I have a few minutes and a big screen to see it all.
Meanwhile, perfectly good methods of communication–the phone and email–are being abandoned. Even though they are easy to use and allow for all communication to pass into one place–voice mail or email. Nope. One former colleague asked me to connect to her Vimeo vlog to get updates. I don’t want to watch a 20-minute rant to find out 10 seconds of information. At least tell me the time marker for your update.
It’s just not practical to have to spend half an hour on my computer checking in with six social media hubs to do the same thing and with one hand while waiting for my frozen blueberries to defrost–check my emails and voice mail.
Sometimes, when I don’t understand a commercial (like this young woman singing her “fight song” to prove she is unique in a city of more than 2 million, all because she drives a Ford Edge) I come to the harsh realization that I am the wrong demographic, and am not supposed to understand the commercial. But I still understand how to communicate. And it’s not by watching a Vimeo vlog.