August 9, 2010
Grinds My Gears: Smart Phone Edition
You know what REALLY Grinds My Gears? Broadcast BBM messages (for those not familiar, BBM stands for Blackberry Messenger. Its an application that allows Blackberry users to exclusively instant message each other). Don't get me wrong, every once in a while a good joke, interesting fact or vital piece of news is fine to pass along to your friends, but I am really sick of the chain mail. The "rate me/our friendship/my sexual aptitude on a scale of 1-10", or "give me a nickname", or the good ole "please message this to all your contacts. My cell carrier will donate X amount of money to save a starving kid in Cambodia". STOP IT PEOPLE!!!
If I wanted you to have a nickname I would have given it to you. No, I am not rating you (what does that matter anyway?), and if your cell provider really cared about the homeless, or starving kids in a Third World country, I'm sure they have better ways of raising money than asking their users to spam each other with broadcast messages. I mean, can they even keep track of that?! I don't think so. If you have something to say to me, or a cause you would like me to be aware of please e-mail or send me a link to a credible source. I am NOT above deleting chronic spammers (and I have), so don't be next on the list and think twice before you broadcast that message. Is it really worth it?
And that's what really Grinds My Gears.