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Methods of communication 
13th-Apr-2004 11:06 pm
Me: on Ferris wheel 2012-09-09
Once upon a time, email was the best and almost only way I communicated with anybody. This was before mobile phones were common and before spam existed, during and shortly after college. Most of my friends preferred email, too, and I got out of the habit of using the phone. But email seems not to be as overwhelmingly good a communication medium these days, for a number of reasons. So I’m realizing I no longer know the best ways to contact my friends, and I thought I’d fix that.

Behind the cut is a poll asking you how you do and don’t like to be contacted. I’d be very grateful if my friends would fill out the poll. (If you don’t want to fill out the poll or you don’t have a LiveJournal account, feel free to send me email telling me how you prefer to be contacted.)

Because it occurred to me that this would be just as useful for other people as for me, the poll results are publically visible. However, I have not asked for any actual contact information (phone numbers, IRC networks/channels, etc.). I’ll ask for them in a separate poll whose results are only visible to me (and of course you don’t need to respond if you’re certain I have your contact information.)

This is kind of long, but you should feel free not to answer all the questions; if you just answer the first couple, or the couple about being contacted to make plans, that’s still more information than I have now. (If you’d like to post this poll, or a subset of it, in your own journal, I’d be happy to mail you the LJ HTML.)

Poll #278436 How to contact me

In general, I like being contacted by close friends via:

email
0(0.0%)
home or work phone (see subsequent poll)
0(0.0%)
mobile phone (see subsequent poll)
0(0.0%)
IRC (see subsequent poll)
0(0.0%)
instant messaging (see subsequent poll)
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site (see subsequent poll)
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
1(5.0%)

In general, I do NOT like being contacted by close friends via:

email
0(0.0%)
home or work phone
1(7.7%)
mobile phone
1(7.7%)
IRC
1(7.7%)
instant messaging
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
1(7.7%)
other (see below)
0(0.0%)

In general, I like being contacted by acquaintances or casual friends via:

email
0(0.0%)
home or work phone
0(0.0%)
mobile phone
0(0.0%)
IRC
0(0.0%)
instant messaging
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
1(5.6%)

In general, I do NOT like being contacted by acquaintances or casual friends via:

email
0(0.0%)
home or work phone
3(21.4%)
mobile phone
1(7.1%)
IRC
0(0.0%)
instant messaging
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
0(0.0%)

I would like being contacted out of the blue for a chat via:

email
3(15.0%)
home or work phone
0(0.0%)
mobile phone
0(0.0%)
IRC
0(0.0%)
instant messaging
1(5.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
0(0.0%)

I would like being invited to get together/make plans via:

email
2(10.5%)
home or work phone
0(0.0%)
mobile phone
0(0.0%)
IRC
0(0.0%)
instant messaging
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
0(0.0%)

Once I've decided to make plans with somebody, I would like to finalize them and coordinate via:

email
3(15.0%)
home or work phone
2(10.0%)
mobile phone
0(0.0%)
IRC
0(0.0%)
instant messaging
0(0.0%)
LiveJournal
0(0.0%)
other web site
0(0.0%)
postal mail
0(0.0%)
other (see below)
0(0.0%)

What does "other" above mean? (Since these poll results are publically visible, you may not want to give specifics here.)

(Say anything here about how you like to be contacted:)

Comments 
14th-Apr-2004 05:03 am (UTC)
I so amuse myself.



Oh yeah, and I put funny things in polls too.
15th-Apr-2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
A way to rank-order methods would be cool, though I have no idea if LJ can do that. For example, while I don't care how close friends contact me, I have a preference for email or mobile phone over other methods.
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