Do you have days that feel like most emails could be answered with memes?

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I know it would be terribly unprofessional to do so, but I seem to run into days where it really seems like entire emails thread could be conducted via GIPHY URLs. Perhaps this is the real reason tools like Slack come to replace email?

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They probably could, but I prefer to be originally snarky in my replies instead of quoting movies. ;-)

Perhaps this is the real reason tools like Slack come to replace email?

I fail to understand the success of Slack, to be honest. It's a closed-source IRC with pictures. Hmm.

 

They probably could, but I prefer to be originally snarky in my replies instead of quoting movies. ;-)

English is my second language; sarcasm is my first. As such, even the most well-intended and innocuous of replies can be taken incorrectly. Worse, the likelihood of doing so as the credulity of the question asked goes down (the asker has an increased expectation that my reply will be snarky even if I go out of my way to maintain a level "tone").

While animate gifs may be perceived as flippant, they don't as frequently get confused for straight-up sarcasm.

I fail to understand the success of Slack, to be honest. It's a closed-source IRC with pictures. Hmm.

If you've been around technology long enough, many of the tools that are "new" today are re-implementations — often in far more closed ways — than stuff that you've used before. IT surely seems to like to rhyme. Sometimes the new stuff is actually a better implementation. Many times it's not — at least when measured on scales like "open"-ness.

 

History repeating all the time. I've read your profile, you're longer in IT than I am (but I learned a lot about the time before I started). But we both know that we are free choose the (technically) best tools, not the most modern ones. We should help the youngsters to stay with us.

 

There's a Giphy add-on for Outlook, at least in Office 365.

I absolutely use it at work. Team lunch emails, PTO requests, answering repetitive questions, everything.

Slaying it

 

Slack comes with Giphy integration ...and, since Slack also auto renders image links as images, we have our SlackBot configured to spew out images based on a fair number of over-used trigger-words and phrases.

 

To be honest, I was thinking of writing 'My watch has ended' in my last team email before heading for vacation.

So yes, there are days were you wish you could just reply by using a meme.

 
 
 

Definitely.

Although I don't use mails very much, I'm at a position were my mails are mostly "read only" for me, I typically don't answer.

But I use memes quite heavily on Slack/Mattermost though.

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