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Joel gets it right again...

Joel explains Social Usability:

Now, let's look at a successful social interface. Many humans are less inhibited when they're typing then when they are speaking face-to-face. Teenagers are less shy. With cellphone text messages, they're more likely to ask each other out on dates. That genre of software was so successful socially that it's radically improving millions of people's love lives (or at least their social calendars). Even though text messaging has a ghastly user interface, it became extremely popular with the kids. The joke of it is that there's a much better user interface built into every cellphone for human to human communication: this clever thing called "phone calls." You dial a number after which everything you say can be heard by the other person, and vice versa. It's that simple. But it's not as popular in some circles as this awkward system where you break your thumbs typing huge strings of numbers just to say "damn you're hot," because that string of numbers gets you a date, and you would never have the guts to say "damn you're hot" using your larynx.

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pretty similar to my theory on text messaging.

plus, it's really good at concerts.
text messaging is $$.

I prefer IM--eliminating possible awkward silence over the phone. Plus, you can just popping up an away message is less rude than hanging up on someone you dont want to talk to anymore. :D
bah we have the same layout. hello.
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