One of the great features of Instant Messaging clients is that they provide an easy to use way of communicating presence: Out for a bit, Eating lunch, At work, On a conference call, Don't bug me, and so on.
But as of now, I count 4 different people on my buddy list who are using some sort of automated program to update their status every time their MP3 player switches to a new song.
I really don't care what you're listening to. If I did, I'd ask. I'd much rather know if you're available for an occasional question or interruption. But now if you wander off and leave your MP3 player running, I won't know that. Heck, even the IM client's built-in idle detection is probably fooled by this.
Maybe someone can clue me in a bit. Why do people do this? Do they think it makes them "cool" to abuse their status message with something that hides the info I'd probably want if I happened to look at their status? Or is there some "find the most annoying or useless way to screw with your IM status" contest going on?
Posted by jzawodn at April 20, 2004 11:03 AM