Most people reading this email, text, or email and text, multiple times each day. Whether it’s a quick text to your significant other explaining why you’ll be late home from work, or a lengthy email to a colleague complaining about their lack of cubicle etiquette, words are being flung from one phone, tablet, or computer to another at an alarming rate of knots.
It’s estimated that over 140 billion emails are sent each and every day, and literally trillions of text messages are sent every year. Then there are the countless other ways to contact people, including messaging apps such as BlackBerry Messenger, Skype, and Whatsapp. This all adds up to an incalculable number of opportunities to mess up when communicating with others.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What’s The Most Embarrassing Email or Text You’ve Ever Sent? And, while their inclusion would have made the question too much of a mouthful, throw in updates on social networks for good measure. We want to hear all of the juicy details of a miscommunication that led to embarrassment for you.
Perhaps you sent a text to the wrong person, telling your mother rather than your wife what you had planned for your forthcoming weekend away. Perhaps you clicked ‘Reply All’ to an email and inadvertently sent everyone in your address book the details of that aforementioned weekend away. Or perhaps a simple typo, which really do matter a great deal, saw you offering someone a barbecue on your dick rather than your deck. It happens. The typo, I mean.
The more detail you provide the better. We want to know who you were sending the text, email, or update to, what it was meant to say and what it actually said, what their reaction was, and how you managed to explain away your error and apologize for it. For our part we promise not to judge too harshly, though we cannot promise not to laugh a little at your misfortune.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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