Annoying "Rapid-Fire" AIM syndrome
Sat Mar 10th 2007, 2:11pm
At several places I've worked, AIM is a vital part of office communication. It's usually considered somewhere between email and a phone call in terms of response time and disruption. With any medium of communication, however, there are polite ways to communicate, and, well, impolite ways as well.

One particularly disruptive habit of certain people is what I call "rapid-fire AIMing" (since then I've also heard of people referring to it as diarrhea of the fingers, haha). It's when someone sends you many partially-thought out or incomplete messages in succession, causing you to be constantly interrupted to the point where you can no longer work on whatever you're doing, but end up having to pay full attention to each line as they drift in--until, at last, the sender's thoughts or request has finally achieved a level of coherence to enable a response.

Something like this, a contrived example I sent in frustration to a friend after one recent experience:

Annoying AIM

Please don't be a rapid-fire aimer. Take a moment to collect your thoughts into a reasonably coherent statement or question before aiming someone. Thank you.

Visitor comments
On Mon Mar 12th 2007, 5:15am, Oscar posted:
Seriously! This is in my top 10 pet peeves. I wish I could reach through my computer and choke the people that do this... or how about those that don't necessarily use the rapid-fire thing you describe but instead say:


and you respond within seconds... just to sit there and wait for minutes before they say anything again. Arrgh.

On Fri Mar 23rd 2007, 10:32am, JulioF posted:
One that I particularly like:

"..Are you there?.."

And then I'd like to think: ".. nope, I am actually right behind you wearing a worn hockey mask and an axe.. "..

On Fri Mar 23rd 2007, 10:46am, Oscar posted:
ROFL. That was funny.

On Fri Mar 23rd 2007, 10:47am, Steve Kehlet posted:
Hahaa... that's great. Good to hear from you Julio!

On Wed Apr 11th 2007, 11:44am, Keith Rebaric posted:
Hey Steve,

How have you been? Drop me a line sometime. Paul Oddo and I would like to go lunch with you sometime.

take good care,
Keith R

On Tue Apr 1st 2008, 12:31pm, Visitor posted: