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Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

July 22, 2008

We’re entering an age when people can write and send e-mails from their cell phones. This is probably the future, a time when you’re never separated from spam, ever. Fine. I’m okay with that. I appreciate connections. That being said, why do remote e-mailers always have to tell me where they’re sending their e-mail from?

“Sent from my BlackBerry T-Mobile.”

“Sent from my iPhone 3G.”

“Sent from my iPhone wannabe Samsung Instinct.”

Why are people taking the time to type these messages to me? They’re already spending the extra effort to press those tiny keys—why add to the stress by concluding each e-mail with note about the device they’re using? And sometimes in successive e-mails—I was e-mailing back and forth the other day with someone who wrote in every single message, “Sent from my iPod Touch.” Yeah. I get it. You didn’t change cell phones in the middle of the conversation. Save your energy.

I’m going to start telling people where I am and what I’m doing—perhaps even what I’m wearing—when I send my e-mails:

“Sounds good, I’ll see you on Tuesday at lunch. Later, Jamey (Sent from a red chair covered in cat hair.)”

“Sent while pretending to listen to Caroline tell me a story about her coworkers.”

“Sent while deciding if the discoloration on my arm is a mole or a freckle.”

Or maybe I’ll just make them up.

“Sent from a gyro stand in Istanbul.”

“Sent while chasing a homeless man wearing my mink scarf.”

“Sent while dealing with a nasty bout of dysentery.”

The point is, the next time you feel like telling me where you’re sending your e-mail from, expect to get a little too much information from me in return.

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  1. Neeraja permalink
    July 23, 2008 7:36 am

    I can’t tell if this entry is a “Jamey is a little clueless” entry or “Jamey is on the warpath against all things reasonable” entry…

    So the tag that states where these messages are coming from is an automatic setting on these wireless devices, and I’m going to argue that it’s actually quite useful. In my office, if you get an email from someone on a wireless device, the messages are often short, terse, and grossly misspelled. By informing me that the message was sent from their wireless device, I am partially mollified by their egregious errors or short “tone”. So when I send my boss a 15-page report that I worked on all weekend and the response I get is, “thg”, I don’t rip my hair out and quit my job immediately.

    Sent from my American Express laptop.

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