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Carrier Pigeon is Slang for Email?

16 Jan

I was listening to NPR the other day and during a segment they kept saying to contact them by Twitter or Carrier Pigeon. I dismissed the discussion, but it did stick in my crow. Then today I received a call from a friend asking me if I knew anything about that new social networking community called “Carrier Pigeon”. I was stumped. After further research I discovered that this term “Carrier Pigeon” connotates an emerging slang term for email.

For years “Snail Mail” has been slang for the United States Post Office mail service, so now I guess it seems appropriate to poke fun of email because social networking sites like Twitter are the hip form of electronic communication. The carrier pigeon is obviously faster than a snail, so it has that going for it. But what does it say for the remaining electronic forms of communication that haven’t been tagged with a nickname yet?

Nicknames for modes of electronic communication

  • snail mail = post office
  • email = carrier pigeon
  • twitter = pony express?
  • text messaging = smoke signal?
  • instant messaging = semaphore?

What do you think? Do you use Twitter, Facebook to communicate more than email? Is email a dying breed as the most popular online mode of communication?

Thanks to Ralph Solonitz for the illustration.

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Gmail Users – Try Mail Goggles!

3 Nov

I learned the hard way a few years ago about sending emails in the heat of the moment. Before I send out a big email, I generally save it in my draft box, let it simmer, and send it out later. This method of saving for later led to many drafts in my inbox, but it has made me certainly craft better emails. Now Google has created Mail Goggles to prevent you from sending that message you shouldn’t send.

Inside your Gmail “Setup”, under the “Labs” tab you will see the option to enable this feature. You have the opportunity to define what time of the day you want Google to ask if you if you really want to send this email.

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By the way, if you don’t have a Gmail account, you are missing out on one of the best free products on the market. I would highly recommend signing-up for a Gmail account; you will never go back to your old email system.

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