John Legere: He’s uncarrier but is he uncaring?

In just seventeen months as T-Mobile CEO, John Legere has seen his “Uncarrier” strategy add 4.4 million subscribers.

Uncarrier is an awkward name for a carrier who does not behave like one.  So if you’re on T-Mobile, you won’t have a contract, you’ll have cheaper bills because there are no more built-in phone subsidies, upgrades are less restrictive and more affordable, they’ll unlock your phone with less hassle, and you’ll even get (quite slow) unlimited global roaming.  And if you’re not on T-Mo, then John will pay you to switch from another carrier.

It all sounds wonderful and I suppose it is. Before Legere, we were politely treated like schmucks by everybody.  Once T-Mo started giving customers more freedom, the other carriers reluctantly joined in.

But that’s well documented. And it’s not hard to document it because Mr Legere is an extremely active tweeter, frequently calling out his peer at AT&T Randall Stephenson and pulling off a PR masterstroke by getting thrown out of an AT&T party, gaining national headlines in the process. Legere loves to re-tweet T-Mobile love-ins from customers and admirers, as well as re-tweet his own employees who have been encouraged to take in-store photographs with happy customers who have dropped their wireless carrier to join the Magenta Revolution.

But like any good marketeer, Legere will deflect the not-so-good things.  For example, he was noticeably quiet last week about announced changes to the early-upgrade program, Jump!. He’s usually all over Twitter, kicking metaphorical sand in the faces of his lame competitors. But John knows it’s not as good a deal as it was so he knows when to keep schtum. You also won’t see him go head-to-head with the elephant in the room.

John hasn’t made friends with everybody though. T-Mobile have been doing their best to rid themselves of Blackberry for a while. It’s probably no surprise since interest in their phones have been waning for years now. But while other carriers still give their customers the choice of trying out and buying a Blackberry phone in-store if they wish, T-Mobile have taken deliberate steps to sideline the company’s product.

Speaking as someone who flips phones twice a year, I tend to jump (pun probably intended) between Android and Blackberry every year.  Over the last two and a half years I’ve gone from the first Galaxy Note to the Blackberry Bold 9900 to the Galaxy S3 to the Blackberry Z10 and to the Galaxy Note 3. I’ve even used Apple and Windows Phone. I’m fairly agnostic.

Since I’m on the Jump program – perfect for someone like me – I was all set to pick up the Blackberry Z30 T-Mo Upgradeas my next phone in April.  The problem?  T-Mobile don’t carry it. And they won’t carry it. The demand for the phone has led to a petition and a campaign directly addressed to John Legere.

But T-Mo even went further than sidelining and ignoring their Blackberry users – they started trolling them.

Now you can call Blackberry users sensitive if you like. But the bottom line is that these are Legere’s customers, they pay money for their phones and their service and they are all still waiting for T-Mo to issue a software update that even Verizon began rolling out. 

Legere’s response?  Well, promising actually.

But what did it amount to? Nothing. A wishy-washy, say-nothing cop-out that patronized Blackberry users by telling them they did not have to give up their devices. Bless them.

Legere is absolutely entitled to say we won’t sell any more Blackberry phones. But the problem is, he won’t say it. He won’t explain where the 10.2.1 update is, why he can’t find shelf space for Blackberry and he won’t clearly state “we will not carry the Z30 – please go to Verizon if you want it”.

People like Legere are a breath of fresh air but it doesn’t take much for someone who is so “out there” to fall out of favour.  The changes to Jump, this ridiculous press release and his alienating of a small but enthusiastic paying user base, may suggest that the honeymoon period is coming to a close.  For Legere perhaps he feels he is near the end anyway if Sprint end up buying T-Mo. I think that would be job done.

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How I retained a customer for Barnes and Noble

Just don’t try to replace your battery.

And everything is all too fast / Just add water, nothing’s built to last

That was certainly the case when my sixteen month old Nook Simple Touch e-reader starting acting the twat last week.  Not overly-used and rarely leaving my bedside, I was left with an unresponsive screen once it was disconnected from the mains.

I did the sensible thing and called the helpline checked online to see what was going on.  I wasn’t the only one experiencing a Nook which reported a battery that was “100%”, whose status was “Unknown” and displayed a question mark inside the on-screen battery icon.

The response from Barnes and Noble to others, as per online postings?  We’ll replace it if it’s under warranty.  Which mine wasn’t.

So I contacted B&N (that stands for Barnes and Noble by the way – it’s just quicker to use this abbreviation than continuously type out the long form (and full legal name) Barnes and Noble when referencing the company Barnes and Noble) to see what sort of engagement we would have.

We went through the usual troubleshooting steps as the pleasant lady (who informed me that she was sorry to hear about my issue and the inconvenience it caused and that she could certainly help me) suggested all the things that I had already tried to get the device working.

Once it was established that it wasn’t going to work (and in fact I was left in a technically worse position as now it was unresponsive when plugged in and not just when disconnected from mains) they laid out the options for me – for $40 I could have a reconditioned unit and for $65 I could have a new one.  Basically not far off the same deal I could get on eBay from people I had no previous commercial relationship with.  This was my punishment for not paying them an additional $40 for an extended warranty when I bought the product for $139 sixteen months ago.

So I hit amazon.com, with the intention of switching sides.  I mean if Nook hardware breaks down after less than eighteen months, should I really keep giving them my business?  I’m not saying that Kindle would be absolutely any more reliable but, fool me once shame on …. fool me once shame on …. oh, just ask this guy.

Unimpressed with Kindle pricing and the epub restriction – and since I had nothing to lose at this point – I decided to ignore the advice from B&N.  I enlisted help from this guy and took my Nook apart with a $4 screwdriver.  B&N (like many manufacturers these days) make the battery non-user replaceable.  So if your battery gives out after 16 months it’s too bad.

I disconnected and reconnected the battery to the motherboard and, hey presto, we’re up and running again.  Easy.

B&N did their best to lose me as a customer but I overcame their attempts in order to make life easier (and cheaper) for myself.  Replacing a battery is routine maintenance.  If batteries were absolutely going to last and function correctly for 3-4 years (not an unreasonable amount of time to own an electronics product) then that’s fine.  But there’s no way that any manufacturer can say that, so why hamstring a customer by leaving them with no choice but to buy an expensive extended warranty or a “subsidised” replacement product?  You are going to lose a percentage of those customers.

So for anyone out there with the same issue, if you’re out of warranty just crack it open.  You’re not the one who has something to lose – B&N are.

Back in Blackberry

Motorola Atrix. From … Motorola.

Phase Atrix

About 15 months ago I dumped my (small, well-formed but anemic) Blackberry Bold 9700 for the sexy, dual-core world of Android – namely the Motorola Atrix. The Atrix was the most powerful smartphone at the time – two big fat cores (which means it goes fast), lots of RAM, a slick four inch touchscreen, front and back cameras, HSPA+ connection (fake 4G), a finger-print unlock technology (really) and an interesting but expensive “webdock” that allowed you to plug in to a dumb terminal and use as a laptop.

It was hard not to be drawn to all the pizzazz. Android, after all, had an app for everything. And here it was, presented in slick Technicolor and multi-touch. But the love quickly faded as I realised that the handset just did not have any personality. It was to Blackberry what the IBM-compatible was to the Commodore Amiga.

At the same time, I saw the new Blackberry Bold 9900 in the works. It was a throwback to the breakthrough Bold 9000 which meant more screen and physical button real estate. But, in their infernal wisdom, RIM decided to price it high instead of taking what was to become the Microsoft/Nokia approach of almost giving away the Lumia to drive adoption. At $299 on a two-year contract or the usual $600 unlocked, it just wasn’t very compelling.

Windows Phone. Nice but not nice enough.

Windows – A Brief Encounter

In a fit of pique I took a brief jump to Windows Phone as Dell started selling off their Venue Pro handset for $250 unlocked. Impressed and all as i was with the phone – durable, good physical keyboard and surprisingly good virtual one, vibrant screen, fluid OS – the under-developed operating system had too many limitations and half-baked ideas to be ready for prime-time. It did a fair bit but didn’t really excel at anything.

Take Note

Then the Android-powered Galaxy Note hit Europe in late 2011. I imported the 5.3″ behemoth. It was a champion – is a champion. With all things considered, it’s probably the best phone I’ve ever used. Even taking in to account the annoying lag that Android (pre-Jelly Bean) has trademarked, the usability of what was basically a phone-cum-tablet meant it was useful for just about everything. And I’ve happily used it for nine months.

But over the last while I’ve started to assess what I do with my phone versus what I need it to do. I’ve long watched iPad adverts, bemused by the flashy, energetic slide show of tasks that the hardware can do: it can make pie charts, it can read books, watch movies, play games, let you pinch and zoom in on Uranus. But I imagine only a small percentage of people do more than surf and watch the odd film. Indeed, Business Insider’s 2011 survey indicated as much.

A massive Note.

Similarly, I owned a phone that was a mini iPad, albeit one running Android. And it had a surprisingly good little stylus that seamlessly slid in to the bottom of the device. But did I really need all that power and choice in my pocket? Did I need Netflix and Hulu Plus, MyFitnessPal for entering my calories during the day, turn-by-turn navigation, retailer-specific apps, 3D games, Google Earth? Did I need 10-12 different browsers or 100s of themes to make my phone feel unique?

I used them, sure.  But did I need them?

It’s nice to have these options and apps available but not at the expense of what a phone really should be – a solid communication and messaging device. And that’s something that Blackberry does very well without bells and whistles.

After all I’m the guy who owned a Nook Color but “downgraded” to an e-ink Nook Simple Touch because the Color was way too distracting from what it really should be – an e-reader. To coin a cliche, sometimes less is more.

Back in Blackberry

And it was with that context that a Craigslist ad finally brought me together with, not just the Blackberry Bold 9900, but a white one!  And while the Blackberry is “less” in terms of its reach and functionality, I just feel I get a better all round communication solution that still does the essentials.

I’ve got excellent email service, more than adequate Facebook and Twitter apps, Google Voice for international calling, Viber (albeit without calls yet) and WhatsApp for messaging, TuneIn Radio and podcast apps, Google Maps to show me where I am, WordPress for blogging, Starbucks card (still works in spite of the company stopping support) for my caffeine fix, GasBuddy for finding the cheapest petrol, apps to read my RSS feeds and so on.  Beyond that pretty much everything else is a luxury.

The shortcomings are there in the sense that the camera and camcorder are not as advanced as what’s out there and turn-by-turn navigation is not included in Maps. But then again, if I’m in my car then I’ve got my Garmin (which is better than the, frankly, sometimes-mental Google navigation).  The Internet is harder to use on the smaller screen but the browser works well enough. Even on the Galaxy Note, some websites were just annoying to try to navigate so I mainly did simple surfing which the Bold is capable of.

And then there’s the three big home runs.  Firstly, the physical keyboard. A lot of people like touch screen but not me – not until they make touch screens tactile will I feel comfortable on one.  Even with Swype – the best touchscreen keyboard – I still ended up effing up half the stuff I typed.

Secondly, battery life.  After fairly heavy use of the 9900, I’d still go to bed with about 20-30% battery.  My Note was usually down in the single digits if I had the screen on regularly or used GPS for a small amount of time.  Thirdly, it’s a damn good phone with great voice quality.

Sometimes you got to compromise and the Blackberry is a good compromise.

Post-modern

The reaction has been raised eyebrows and exclamations of “Blackberry!?”. And that’s been the fun part.  I’d gladly have the debate with anyone about why the Blackberry does pretty much everything they truly need.

And now I almost feel that moving back to Blackberry is a kind of post-modern thing to do – you know, like vinyl, Atari and Def Leppard.

From Atrix to Dell to Note to Bold

AT&T. Absolute bollocks.

I thought mobile phone companies in Ireland were bad until I came over to the US.  My experience so far has been with AT&T and, in spite of the best intentions of the eager foot soldiers in the stores, the company itself leaves a lot to be desired.

Right now they are in the news for attempting to push through a merger with fellow GSM-carrier T-Mobile, something that I agree would be very bad news.  T-Mobile was going to be my next carrier once my contract (a ludicrous two-year imposition that most carriers tie you to in the US) expires in early 2012.  But if the government approves the merger then I may have to go CDMA (Sprint, Verizon) as T-Mobile will probably end up adopting the totalitarian approach of their larger cousin.  And we know consumers are not happy with AT&T.

In the year-plus I’ve been with them they have capped data plans, increased termination fees and locked down Android phones.  I also experienced, when travelling through the Dakotas, virtually no data coverage whatsoever in five days.

The latest show of might from my good friends at AT&T is them denying me the right to use my Motorola Atrix (my phone that I own) when travelling abroad unless I agree to an expensive roaming plan with themselves.  On a call with one of their representatives I asked him for my unlock code so that I could use my Irish SIM in the phone, and I was given a four-point response as to why that was not possible.

It was basically a patronising list of items that were none of their damn business: if you use a foreign number then friends and family won’t be able to reach you in an emergency (bollocks as all my friends and family have my Irish number), you won’t be able to access voicemail (bollocks as I use Google Voice for voicemail) and two other reasons I can’t even remember.  Probably because I was repeating the mantra: ‘you’re a stupid c*nt, you’re a stupid c*nt’ in my head.

He finished off his little spiel by telling me that I could avail of great deals with a roaming plan from AT&T (how convenient).

Not being particularly satisfied with the response, I took to Twitter, and some helpful AT&T lad responded to my tweet by investigating for me.  Sadly his response was not particularly useful either.

So according to AT&T my phone (and let’s be clear – this is my phone, bought outright in an AT&T store and not subsidised by them) cannot be used by me.  If I want to, I can go out and buy an unlock code online for about $25.  But I don’t see why I should have to.  I don’t see what right AT&T have for locking it down in any manner whatsoever.

But do they have any leg to stand on?  Is their roaming plan such an absolute steal that I am rendered a total clown for not biting the bullet and switching on roaming?

Not likely.

This is what AT&T would have charged me to use my phone in Ireland.

This is my mobile activity while using my Irish phone in Ireland with unit and total costs for both carriers (Irish per minute call costs averaged out as they varied depending on which network I called).

So in total I spent the equivalent of about $30 while away for the week, sending 95 texts within Ireland, 8 texts abroad and spending 12 minutes on calls.  The cost of that to me had I unlocked my phone and availed of AT&T ‘best roaming rates’ would have been over $70.  Even if I’d bought their ‘World Traveler’ package for $5.99 and taken advantage of 99c rather than $1.39 per minute call rates, I would only have saved $4.80 (12-times-40c).  So it would have actually cost me more.

It’s incredibly short-sighted of AT&T (and other carriers – let’s face it, I’m sure many of them behave like this) to alienate their customer base for a quick buck.  My mobile bill is about $90 a month – more than the $70 they battled to try and squeeze out of me in this fiasco.  Losing my custom in early 2012 will cost them a lot more than $70.

The pitfalls of being an online importer/exporter

I stuck an ad up on Gumtree offering a laptop I’m not using all that much and within a few hours I had a response.  Easy money!

Daniel Lewis (danielewiss@yahoo.com) wrote me and said: “Thinking about what to have for a special gift to my colleage till i found your item, would Like to know if still available for sale.”

So I wrote back and told Daniel (since we’re on first name terms now) that it was a cracking laptop and so on.  His next response was lengthy and telling.

“Thanks for your returning my mail, As i have mentioned, i will be glad if truly you can be sincere with me, i am getting this item for special gift to my colleage which i need the item to get ther befor the 26th of sept and its should be sent to Walthamtow via Royal Mail International Singed For, Although i’ m suppose to take the item there myself but its will look more special having it direct and cause of my absent in town now, going for a complete project in Paris, you know what that means, i need a well seal packed for it,

More so i like to know the present condition of the item also, i will really appreciate if you can kindly post the item asap, which i will be offering you the sum of £70 for postage and packaging of the items to Walthamstow…

I would be glad and sincerely wish deal together through PayPal Online Auction, cause i believe its safe for both of us and so if you re really interesting in selling out the item to me, kindly get back to me with your Pay Pal Email and your Full Name when registering for the pay pal together with the cost of the item and the postage fee, cause i wouldn’t want any mistake in this transaction.

I await your quick response and don’t forget to send me along your phone # as well.”

Now I was 99% sure this is a scam.  And here are the reasons why.

1. His email address (danielewiss@yahoo.com)

Daniel Lewis is a perfectly acceptable name for anyone (unless you do something stupid like add a “Day” in to the middle).  But it seems a bit strange that you would choose to completely misspell your name in your email address just because daniellewis@ was not available.

2. Grammar and other nonsense

Ever hear of 419 scams?  Well they come from Nigeria and are characterized by rather stilted English.  In Daniel’s message above the use of phrases like “I will be glad if truly you can be sincere with me” and “I would be glad and sincerely wish deal together…” reek of 419ness.

The circumstances that he gives for not being able to do the deal in person (which is the point of Gumtree) are contrived: he’s in Paris and his colleage (sic) is in Walthamstow.  He also seems completely unmoved by the fact that he is giving a gift to his friend that is advertised as second hand.

Then there is the ridiculous offer of paying £70 to ship the item – probably about 3 times what it would cost.  He could buy a new one for what he is willing to pay.  I’m sure if I had priced the laptop at one billion dollars he’d still be offering to wire me the cash.

Finally there is the “deadline” of the 26th of September which I guess means he’d pressure a naive person in to sending the item before the PayPal payment (which he would have no intention of sending, naturally) was made.

Funny thing is my family are from Walthamstow so it would have been quite funny to get the address and then have them turn up there to beat the shit out of whoever was collecting it.

3. Identity theft

He wants my email, my full name and my phone number.  He doesn’t need all this information to complete a PayPal payment.  Never tell anyone anything online unless you are able to beat the shit out of them immediately afterwards.

None of it added up but I needed to dig a little more.  So I went down in to his email and found that he sent it from the IP address 41.219.214.26.  A quick visit to http://www.ip2location.com revealed…

Lagos

Uh-huh.

It didn’t end there.  A few minutes later another message came, this time from papapilo10@live.com who was even more direct: “is still available for sale…can you get back to me with your paypal email to make the payment for you now”

Less to go on here but a willingness to pay straight away?  No questions?  No meeting?

I asked IP2Location what was going on…

Netherlandics

Use common sense online, work off the assumption that everyone is a thieving cockface and you’ll be just fine.

22/09/09 Edit: The Netherlandic IP above is actually valid and relates to the company themselves who run the website (they forward the mails on behalf of the “buyers”).  I have since had two more spams including one from the Southwest Tennessee Community College – he wanted me to send it to his friend in Nigeria.  Unfortunately he could not collect it himself because he’s on his way to Asia…ahhhh. Cockface.)

Can MySpace move out of the Stone Age?

MySpace exists for one reason – to make money. That’s why Newscorp purchased it for $580m in 2005. Analysts in Wall Street say that the market value of the site could be $15bn by 2009. Although “Tom” recently reported that the site is the most visited in the world, Alexa recently reported that it is #6, still rather impressive.

The funny thing about all this is that, despite its popularity, it is lagging behind other social networking sites like Bebo and Facebook in terms of design and functionality. MySpace is an inflexible behemoth and I’m going to step through the reasons why and what I’d like to see change. I’m also using input from the friends who replied to my bulletins looking for suggestions. Obviously the rest of you are perfectly ecstatic about the whole thing.

Overall thoughts on the GUI
Not wishing to patronise anyone (well, I suppose I do) but GUI is an acronym for Graphical User Interface and refers to the visual layout of the site and how it helps you interact with it.

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The MySpace GUI is crap. It’s clunky, outdated and garish. Compare it to the streamlined Facebook and the cluttered but more contemporary Bebo and it’s easy to see the difference. Some far more talented folk than me have posted their fantasy new-look MySpace page design on the web. Certainly would be a nice change…

Control panel
So you log on and are brought straight to your “home page” – this of course isn’t your profile page, but rather a control panel of sorts where you can change anything you like. The way MySpace is programmed is one of the first problems. Facebook and Bebo both use a newer programming technique called Ajax which allows parts of pages to be updated without the need for full page refreshes. This allows you to make small changes to your page very quickly and it gives the impression of speed and efficiency.

The “Cool New People” section needs to die, and now. Lou, Trojan, Budgie, A French in Cork, Tricia, Mariead and Paul are NOT new, hardly cool and, well, I suppose they are people. But obviously this section is not dynamic and has just been lazily left there to whittle through about 30 profiles, most of which are not even accessed much. Mind you I am now fully aware that Mairead likes powerlifting and cooking for her boyfriend. Simultaneously, wow!

The page just looks cluttered and for the uninitiated it can seem a trial to get anything done. They should default to a “simple” mode that lets people do the usual things and allow more experienced users to change to “advanced”. The colours don’t help either; the three shades of blue have had their day.

Profiles and editing
Although the other sites allow far less flexible editing of pages, this works to their advantage. You always know where to find things and there’s less chance of people making a total dogs dinner of a redesign (seriously, the majority of pages on MySpace are abysmal looking).

Another simple change would be the ability to go straight to your page when you have saved changes to the profile. Instead you have to click on “home” and then click on “profile”. I know it’s only an extra click but this can be tiresome if you are making very small, minor changes. A “dashboard” visible to the user at all times (like last.fm) would help with this.

Messaging
One of the big flaws with MySpace is the messaging system. I use it quite a lot but its inflexibility make it quite arduous to use. For a start if I want to reply to someone later, I have to take their text, put it in a notepad file and store it on my desktop. Otherwise I’ll easily forget to reply as other messages push it down on to previous pages. I suggest that there should be the ability to create an “Outlook-style” mail system, giving you the option to file messages from certain people in to relevant folders for quick reference and put others in to drafts if you plan to reply later on. Here’s a mock up (that I created!).
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An extra button on the e-mail page would easily allow you to move a read message to whatever folder you like.
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Another option I’d like to see (and it’s such a basic one) is the ability to preview a message before you send it. How many times have you inserted a link to a graphic or a website in a message and only found out after you’ve sent it that you did it wrong? Again, a simple change as demonstrated below would be easily implemented. An additional button would allow you to send it to drafts for sending later on.
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Regarding messages you receive, how about having clickable web addresses? If someone sends you a web address rather than a link, you have to copy and paste it to access the page. This is an unnecessary situation too.

Mail should be searchable. If I want to see a list of all the messages that have come from a certain person then I should be able to do that. God, it’s so simple Tom!

Notifications
I like that it tells me that there is a new blog comment or a new message but when I comment on my own blog, I don’t need a notification. I know! I just commented! I was there!

I do like the changes to the picture comment notifcation – when you click on the notification link, it shows you only the pictures that there have been new comments on. Simple change but exactly what the fictitous doctor ordered.

Quick links
I like the new quick links. It’s a total rip off from Facebook but what the hell – it works. Being able to “comment back” or “send message” is very helpful and time saving. However “block user” is an odd one! I presume this is done incase you’re getting spammed by someone you added. However I wouldn’t call it completely necessary to have it there.

What you say?
Jen-Nay told me about a friend of hers who had his photos taken from his page and a fake “bashing” page created by a girl who was pissed with him. So can we do anything to stop people from copying your pictures and using them for whatever means they like?

Well, no, not easily. The Internet Movie Database protect their images by disabling a right click so you can’t copy or get a direct link to where they are stored. It’s easy to get around this by simply clicking “print screen” button on your keyboard and then pasting the screen in to a graphics application like Irfanview and cropping it. Takes about 5 seconds. So really it’s a moral problem and nothing to do with MySpace *Graham takes off his serious theological hat*.

Kaz wants a better search engine: “Searching for people on MySpace is a nightmare. The current search is way too vague.” I totally agree with this. I’ve also noticed that it doesn’t actually work on your own friends list. If you browse just your friends list, no criteria, no matter how broad, returns any hits. Crap.

How about the ability to block bulletins from people who send tons of crap to you? Janice thinks this would be a good idea. Since they’ve increased the viewable bulletins from 5 to 10 on the control panel page, you do get to see ones you’d normally miss but it’s fair comment that some friends can send quiz after quiz and if you’re not interested in it perhaps blocking it would be a good option to have. Or maybe an extra option on bulletins that means you have to select what type of bulletin you are sending (personal, survey, quiz, advert, comment etc). Then each user would get to filter out the types of bulletins they are not interesed in receiving. How about that?? Ok, I did a mock up of that too!
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One interesting suggestion from both Halesy Lumies’ lil obnoxious Yankees fan and Nette was that we should have the ability to “recall” messages that we’ve sent but are unread. This is possible in a system like Microsoft Exchange where you can do just that. The only thing I would say about it is that if the person you have sent the message to sees that you have “recalled” a message (ie they noticed it in their inbox and then it’s gone), then they will suspect that you said something you regret and perhaps cause even more problems than it would have had they read the message!

So what do others think? Is it right that such a feature should be brought in? Some people think that you should be held accountable for what you say and should not be able to delete or change anything you post on the internet. After all, if you stick a letter in a mailbox you can’t then go to the Post Office and beg them not to post it. Honest – have you not seen this?

Final comment from Yasmiah:
“I would like to be able to somehow get rid of all those posers out there who are using the friends add as an advertising tool. No…I don’t need any viagra today, but will you still be my friend if I don’t purchase your erection remedy? Gee…I really don’t need psycic investment advice, but who are your favorite musicians? Or how bout those guys that send messages about how they saw your photo and want to settle down with you and have a baby? (Boy, I know a few of those guys… – Graham) Christ on a bleedin cracker folks! Myspace is more than a friggin photo…that’s why we get a full profile page. READ the damn profile and then you’ll know if the person your messaging would be interested. The other day I got a message from this guy who was ‘a loyal, loving hard working Christian man looking for the same in a devoted Christian woman.’ Does that sound like he took two seconds to even read past the first sentence in my profile?”