Smartphone auto signatures are not smart
Do we really need all the conveniences modern technology offers us? That debate could be endless, and no one wants a million-word post. However, there are two things that pop up on our mobile phones that I wish we would do without:
- “Sent from my BlackBerry”
- “Please excuse my brevity/typos/errors. Sent from my iPhone.”
The first one is kind of a shout-out to, well, me, because I think I might be the only person left using a BlackBerry (note: Neither signature is on my ancient, creaky BlackBerry). That’s a whole other issue. Let’s keep to this topic, and start with No. 1. We’re kind of conditioned to this message at this point, and it’s a pain to change settings, etc. Well, I call foul. If you search it in Google it’ll take one second to find the instructions to remove. And it’s really not that painful. Just delete it.
The second one apparently is a green light to have typos, spelling and grammatical errors in your replies, and implies, “I’m busy person and I’m in a hurry. This is all I can give you right now.” Why give the impression that the conversation isn’t important to you?
As I’ve said before, and even posted about, I am not without grammatical/spelling/typo sin. That said, I vote NO on these auto signatures. They hurt more than they help. When you upgrade your phone, have the service guy at the store take it off before you leave the store. Or look it up online. Get rid of these crutches and take the extra 30 seconds to run through the email and check for errors before you send. Everything you send says something about you, so why not say, “I’m focused on you”?
I was poking around the internets on this topic and found a post from THREE YEARS AGO on this topic, yet it’s still happening. I’m surprised. Are you using one of these messages? Do you think I’m being too nitpicky? Tell me!