Continuing on the theme of typing–in text, tweets, LinkedIn notes and even emails, we* often question the use of abbreviations and emoticons. What if we reframe this choice in words besides being “examples of poor communication”? We’ve already learned that using two spaces after punctuation is not only a habit of old–it’s actually wrong. Building on that, what if we saw abbreviations and emoticons as a simple example of different priorities? Perhaps we would see these tools result in easier and more frequent communication, more back and forth? Smoother delivery? More effective? Question the strongest held opinions first.
*”we” is a qualified statement including me.