Little (maybe) known fact about me: I don’t want to be glued to my phone. Until recently, the only sound I had set up on it was for a phone call. (I just turned on a sound for emails and twitter DMs, but only because I’m job searching). I am not a texter. Ever since I switched to an Android from a Blackberry, I don’t do much on my phone that requires typing. I’m terrible at typing on a touch screen, and it’s important to me to still use grammar and punctuation (which, on an Android, requires going to a weird different screen, and takes forever). I miss typing on a Blackberry, but the internet on my old phone was awful.
I’m not a texter. And, with a few exceptions, I don’t really care for talking on the phone all that much either (and I’m kind of weird about email, but I really do like it). But somehow, this month, my cell phone is about to go over in both minutes and texts. I have the MINIMUM plan allowed for smartphones- 450 minutes (excluding other Verizon customers, and evening, and weekend hours) and 250 texts a month. I’ve NEVER gotten anywhere close to going over those. I have an unlimited data plan, because the things I do like using my phone for are checking email when I’m not at home, Twitter, and Foursquare (which I mostly use as a GPS when I’m walking around the city…).
I don’t like having conversations via text message. Texting should be for short, quick communications when other options don’t make more sense. There are SO MANY other ways- that don’t change the cost of my cell phone bill- to contact me. And I’ll still receive the messages in the EXACT SAME WAY I would receive a text.
So here are my communication preferences:
- If it’s really urgent/timely: Call me.
- If you call me, and I don’t answer (which is likely, because my phone’s usually on silent, and I’m not going to hear my phone if I’m at ballet or a movie, which is fairly frequently), or if it’s during the day and you don’t use Verizon, there are lots of other ways to get in touch with me:
- Gchat (which I can access on my computer or phone, in an amazingly seamless way)
- Twitter (DM or @reply)
- Facebook message (although I really dislike these- just email me)
- Comment on my blog (which will just send me an email-but I like comments!)
- Send me snail me. That might be fun, and I have a lot of cute stationery and NY postcards.
- Show up at my apartment (probably won’t work for most people in my life, but it’s an option I guess…)
Caveat: If you’re calling to offer me a job, that’s perfectly okay. Just don’t text me about it.