Friday off-topic posts are unrelated to the general theme of the earlyinitiative blog, ie not related to career development. They are observations or comments; things I’ve overheard which have made me laugh, cry, wonder or even just imagine. There is no intended theme or thread – I hope you enjoy them.
New to Twitter, I found myself browsing some popular hashtags and stumbled upon this one: #ImEasilyAnnoyedWhen
Gosh, what an interesting read! You can try it yourself via this link: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23ImEasilyAnnoyedWhen
There is a large proportion of rubbish which needs to be waded through. And then there are the “traditional” things people are annoyed by – leaving the door open; not squeezing the toothpaste properly; not returning borrowed property; not returning calls.
There seem to be a lot which somehow relate to technology, including I’m easily annoyed when:
- When people don’t reply to my texts, but I know they’re not busy because they’re tweeting
- When my phone falls out of my hands and hits me in the face whilst texting (presumably whilst lying down)
- When I have to pull my earplugs out whilst listening to music because I keep thinking I heard my name being called
- When people UnMention me
- When people UnFollow me as soon as I Follow them back
- When my phone wrongly autocorrects words
Then there are some more “belief-based” ones, some of which have a personal impact:
- When people talk of Kashmir as being part of India
- When people get all nationalistic
- When people see borders as some kind of barrier
And then finally there are some more personal things:
- When people who don’t know me, start assuming things and judging me
- When people judge others by what they’ve heard about them
- When people talk more than they think
- When people don’t understand why I’m upset and make the situation worse
- When people don’t even try to understand someone else’s point of view
The thing I found most interesting is that these thousands of tweets all on the same topic, were so varied. Technology has given us this mechanism which enables such a variety of people to take part in a massive conversation. I wonder how many of the tweets are actually read… just a hunch, but I suspect that most of them are written and posted without a thought as to the actual purpose, and that few are read and digested.
One of my favourites: “When people discriminate indiscriminately“.