August 20th, 2004

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[POLL] Communication and Intrusion

The latest issue of Newsweek contains a rant by Robert Samuelson, one of their columnists, in which he rails about why he is never getting a cellphone. He rehashes most of the usual arguments about how they are destroying privacy, intrude on your life, remove the distance between you and work, and so on. He cites a lot of statistics, aiming to demonstrate that people who have cellphones tend to resent them.

Nothing terribly new in it, but this is the first time I've read this particular argument since I've had a cellphone long enough to judge for myself. And I was intrigued, because it totally does not match my experience. So I figured this is an interesting excuse for an unscientific and self-selected survey about how the online crowd feels about "push" communication technologies. Please take a minute and fill this in. (LJ users only, I'm afraid -- you can't fill in a poll anonymously.)
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[POLL] How Many IM Buddies?

Okay, having just taught myself how to do a poll, I find a use for one for actual work-related purposes!

We're trying to get an idea of how large typical IM buddy lists are, so we can understand some scalability issues. One of my bosses asked me to ask some of my contacts how big their buddy lists are, so hey -- I might as well do it this way. So here's a short poll. If you use one or more instant-messaging systems, please respond to the relevant questions. Round all answers to the nearest option; leave it as 0 if you don't use that system. Thanks!
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