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April 10, 2012

Being a fairly new iPhone user, I’m still learning the ropes, so to speak. Some of the wonderful tips about the iPhone can be found right in the friendly welcome email they send after your purchase. However, there are apparently a few you just have to learn by trial and big fucking error.

An example of the latter would be the Group MMS. This is a text sent to a number of people at the same time. I thought that by replying to this type of message, I would be replying to just the person who sent it to me. I was wrong. Replying to this type of message will go to all eleventy hundred of the original recipients. And 99% of those eleventy hundred will have no clue who you are. This will lead to an additional 99 texts asking “who is this?” to which you will feel the need to respond “I’m so sorry…blah blah blah!”

In other words, if someone sends you a Group MMS, DON’T ANSWER IT! If you don’t believe me, then have it. Just make sure to clear your calendar for the night. And then school yourself on how to copy “I’m so sorry blah blah blah” on your cell so you can paste it every time you get a “who is this?” text from a stranger. It saves on a lot of typing, not that I would know personally…ahem.

So as I was innocently letting my friend Julie know I could not attend her party, I also let all of the other people she had invited that my son had a track meet that day and that I would not be able to attend. I now know if I ever receive a group text message, I should start a whole new text message just to THAT person so everyone in the county doesn’t know my schedule. I’m just glad my son had a track meet and that I wasn’t telling everyone that I had a gynecological appointment, or my other favorite excuse that I like to use to get out of things, which also occurs below the belt. I’ll let you use your imagination.

It is quite possible though that you might just encounter a few people with a sense of humor who relate to your uber dorkiness and will feel sorry for you because of your technological faux-pas. This might make you feel a little better about yourself, but you’ll still be tied up for several hours texting with strangers. I suppose if you find yourself with nothing to do one night, you could sit down with a few adult beverages, reply to a group text, and then wait for all the “who is this?” replies to pour in and then have some fun. By the way, to all of you “who is this?” texters, one question mark is sufficient and there is no need to put any exclamation points in there. Also, a smiley face would be nice since I’m feeling like a dumbass for even telling a complete stranger about my agenda for the week. Smiley faces make everything better, you know.

It wasn’t a total loss though. Anna wished my son good luck at his track meet and Ethan’s Mom actually invited me to a whole new party – her son’s 6th birthday party.

I wonder if she’d be upset if I brought the Grey Goose…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. emmageraln permalink
    April 10, 2012 11:57 am

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  2. April 10, 2012 4:51 pm

    Look on the bright side. People who respond with a “Who’s this????????!!!!!!!!!” are even less techno savvy than you because otherwise they would figure it out, wouldn’t they?????!!!!

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