Monday, August 29, 2011

Live Messenger - Pigeon holing people one category at a time

Over the course of a lifetime, we meet people from all walks of life (if we're lucky). Variety is the spice of life I'm told, and I suppose this holds true with the people we interact with as well. Whether we admit it or not, most of us categorize people and in doing so, we dictate how and when we interact with them.

One of the things I like best about Live Messenger is the fact that you can take your contacts and categorize them. You can even give those categories names that are appropriate to what you truly believe about that person. For instance, I have a category called Tinfoil Hats. I also have categories called Host-A-Bitch and Goo People.

What you see here is my work version of IM. It's not as cool as the version available for Windows 7, but it does the trick. 

Over the years, as Messenger has grown and changed, so has my list. When they began to allow categories I went a little crazy. I had about 20 possible areas to drop people into. Since then I've narrowed it down a lot. Because of all the advances in IM technology... I can hide when I want, from who I want,  block entire categories of people (without add-on programs), remain invisible to everyone, or simply one person in a category. This is helpful when CERTAIN people piss me off and I don't want to see their stupid font, but I've not yet reached the point where I want to block and delete them. 

I used to host and co-manage a help and support community on MSN that grew to quite a large following.  I maintained a list of hosts to notify about issues.  "No, I don't want to add you to IM."  is a really difficult thing for me to say and so my list grew longer and longer. 

Tinfoil Hats grew from the latter... my inability to say 'NO'. These people seem nice enough in the beginning. They lure you into conversation and have a few interesting things to say. You begin to think there is potential for additional conversation there. You add them to IM and pretty soon you're getting emails about all of the strange things that happen to them, government conspiracy theories, and you realize this person will soon be abducted by aliens. To avoid discussion related to their latest anal probe, you have to move them to the Tinfoil Hats category. This category allows you to realize their insanity while maintaining invisibility. It also allows you to keep track of the crazy. 

Never underestimate knowing what crazy people are doing and when. It could one day save your life. For example, let's say aliens are real right? The news begins to talk about strange sightings in the skies all over the world (think Independence Day). You are worried because you never thought it could happen on earth and you've not prepared. You know who has prepared? Tinfoil Hats. These are now your go to people. Believe me... they WILL be on IM when the shit goes down. Aside from being a bit off their rockers... they are technologically savvy and will have found a way to sign in from the most remote locations without notifying the invading life forms of their presence. Just sayin... keep them around.


What are your categories (IM or otherwise)? 


Fred Miller said...

My single IM category is just all the people who see that I'm commenting on facebook but I'm always hidden from chat. Family give me all grades of hell over that. But I ain't got time to chat. I'm busy recording body noises and making cartoons. Damn, people.

Leauxra said...

The first thing I did on Google+ was add a circle called "Hell".

Gorilla Bananas said...

I've always believed the alien abductees actually wanted to have their butts probed. If you ever accept their help, expect to be asked a favour in return.

Angie said...

I completely know what you mean! (okay, no I don't. I just wanted to fit in.)

I have yet to do a damn thing with my Google+. I am a slacker from the word go. Hell sounds like a perfect circle name Dante!

I believe you may be right. I will make sure I have a friend along I can offer in trade for all favors requested. ;) What are you doing during the apocalypse? Wanna hang out?

Tony Van Helsing said...

Technologically savvy they may be but they are also socially disastrous. Tinfoil hats is a great name for these nutjobs.

Gorilla Bananas said...

You're welcome to hang with me from a tree, Angie. I'll show you some great airborne yoga positions to get in shape for the final conflagration.

Left Coast Guy said...


I do something like what you do. I usually categorize people into "Clans"

Such as the "Stephen Fry" clan for those freakishly intelligent people who are socially functional but still exhibit random characteristics not unlike those of your "tinfoil hats."


"Peewee Herman" clan for those people who have never been arrested, have never been caught doing anything icky or immoral but you just know they do.


well, you get the picture.

Now what I want to know and what no one else here seems to be interested in is what group of people do you stick me under? :-))


Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

On facebook I have my friends divided into "winners" and "other friends." But you seem to have taken it to a whole other level.

Scrubby Bear said...

Wow. An amazing post you've crafted mate. I'm new to your blog, but I like how you pour out your opinions!

Keep up the good work. I def. expect great things from you

Bex said...

Motherfucker that is HILARIOUS. Tin foil hats!! I made one once, it had a penis straw out the top. I was very drunk & attempting to channel the aliens with my sexy dick hat.

I'm still laughing at goo people. Although I would just like to say, I don't want to be in that group.

May I suggest a new group called 'kick ass motherfuckers' or 'poo people'. I'd gladly be in either of those.

Angie said...

Socially inept perhaps but when I need to get that last blog out into cyberspace and the aliens are closing in... it's all cool!

Your tree or mine?

Well, I don't have any of my blog readers on Live Messenger so you're all safe from being pigeon holed. Even though I refuse to turn the chat on I have broken down my Facebook contacts into the following:
1. Faves
2. Hotties
3. Besties
4. Workies
5. Less is More

LOL@Winners. Sort of black and white there aren't ya hon?

Why thank you for dropping by. I might have to stalk you back. Careful!

Goo people is from another online community. They are some of the best people I've met! I will put you in the "kick ass motherfuckers" category as I am saving the "poo people" for people on my shit list. :p

PS... You need pics of the dick straw tinfoil hat. Please try to work this into a future blog. That is your mission should you choose to accept it.

Left Coast Guy said...

You side stepped my question, Angie.


Angie said...

I did no such thing! You said, and I quote, "Now what I want to know and what no one else here seems to be interested in is what group of people do you stick me under? :-))" Since you are not on my Live Messenger contact list OR my Facebook contact list, I have not stuck you under any group. You're about to be stuck in the "People who try to make me feel guilty" group. Don't make me create a group.

Linda Medrano said...

I don't know what IM is, but would you please send me your list of tinfoil hats people. I love people who have conspiracy theories and who talk about alien abductions. Thank you.

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