If any of you added me to your buddy list, or have me as a contact in Gmail, you probably noticed that I sign in only once in a blue moon. There is a reason for this. I like to do things certain way – I want to be able to respond to you on my own time. I’m breaks your flow, and forces you to deal with the interruption right there and then. You can either choose to ignore the other person, engage in conversation, or let the other person know you want to finish something and go back to your tasks.
Sure, you can set your status to away, invisible or whatever. But then you have to ask yourself – what is the point of using IM if your are away or invisible most of the time? I figured there is not much reason, and so I stopped using it. Now I only sign in when I feel like I want to chat. Most of other time I keep it off. I get enough interruptions in real life so at least I can minimize the virtual ones.
Because I value my time, and despise interruptions I usually don’t like to bother other people on IM. In most cases I’d rather shoot you a quick email rather than IM. I sometimes get annoyed that certain people prefer IM over email. For example my brother hardly ever checks his email. And when you ask him about it he actually hast to search his memory to remember a valid email address of his. On the other hand he is signed into 2-3 of his favorite IM network 24-7. When he is not at his desk, he just puts up away messages, and then checks all the collected IM’s that got queued up during the day.
So essentially he is using IM like he would use email. But it pisses me off, because when I need to send him URL I can’t use my handy Gmail bookmarklet (it takes me 2 clicks to send someone a URL) but I have to launch an IM client, sign in, find him in the buddy list and etc.. Sigh.
How about you? Are you an IM addict like my brother, or rather an email person like me?
[tags]im, instant message, client, interruptions[/tags]