The oddest thing happened the other day. For reasons that are still not explained, I stopped receiving instant messages from one of my partners, Tim. I could IM him and he would get it, but his responses simply didn’t come through. It happened with one other colleague, but no one else. It was totally bizarre.
It made me totally realize how dependent tech geeks are on IM. Tim and I regularly have conversations via IM. Email would be too clunky. Of course we could actually pick up the phone, but being tech geeks we hate that.
I regularly use the phase, “I was talking to Tim about that”, when in fact we did not talk at all, we simply IM’d. It is truly the optimal medium for developers.
Thankfully our IM started working again as mysteriously as it stopped. God forbid I actually talk on the phone…