In the year 2009 we have many different ways of contacting each other. We can text, instant message, email, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and for Blackberry users you even got BBM and PIN messaging. Social networking sites have become one of the most popular ways to communicate since text messaging now that so many smart phones have built in social networking apps. With these sites also available in a mobile version through WAP browsers on some phones, you can always stay in the loop. So lets break down these different ways to communicate without calling someone.
1) Text message- coming onto the scene in the late 90's text messaging in my opinion is the most used form of of non verbal communication because everybody has a cell phone. If you can say it in 160 characters then type it and send it.
2)Instant Message- When I came on the IM scene it was all about yahoo and aol. Now Google in its quest to take over the world is dominating the game with its unique Gmail service and Google Talk messenger. Instant Messaging is great for fluid thread based conversations.
3) email- this is my favorite form of non verbal communication, especially when you pair it with push email on a blackberry. Your not limited to words like an SMS, and with services like Gmail, you can attach a 20MB file. Other email service providers lets you attach 10MB. Emails also keeps a threaded convo and can be viewed from online anywhere with an internet connection. Email is the second largest form of non verbal communication to me because almost everyone has an email address.
4) Facebook & Myspace- I will put these in the same category since they are basically the same thing. Out of the two I prefer facebook because of no spam. These two social networking sites have been hot this decade, but I see people texting or emailing someone before they go through the process of sending a facebook or myspace message. However if you didn't have an email or mobile number for someone, facebook or myspace would be the next best option.
5) twitter- last but surely not least is the new team stepping in the game of social networking called twitter. Twitter came on the scene in 2006 and has really made a name for itself in 2008. Twitter in my opinion would be the third largest form of non verbal communication for two reasons: 1 its quick, you can easily tweet from your mobile phone, mobile app, or the site itself. 2 it reaches a wide number quicker. With twitter a message is emailed to you and if you have device updates on it will send it to you by SMS. Myspace sends you an email, but due to their greediness of wanting people to visit the site, the message is not displayed in the email. To retrieve the message you have to log into the site which is very annoying to me. Facebook lets you see the message in the email, but twitter steps it up by allowing you to reply to the SMS, which gives it a step on facebook and myspace to me.
So my question to all of you is what is your favorite form of non verbal communication? reply in the comments