Three times in the past week I've dialled the wrong number from my cell.
What can I say? It's hard to press those damn little buttons with gloves on.
Each time, no one picked up and it went straight to their voice mail messages.
I just hung up. I don't leave messages for people I'm not intending to call. I just call the person I had been meaning to call instead.
But, each time, I've gotten a call back from these people I never meant to call in the first place.
"Hello?" they'll say, when I pick up. (Now, as a mother, I usually pick up all calls, just in case it's an "emergency." Even those dreaded "Private" calls, I feel I need to pick up.)
"Hello?" I said back.
"You just called me," they'll say.
I was weirded out the first time.
By the third time I honestly wanted to ask the stranger I had called by mistake why they were calling me back, especially since I didn't leave a message.
Each time, when they called back, I said, "Sorry. I dialled the wrong number."
They all seemed upset about it.
Why do people call you back when they clearly don't know who it was who was calling them in the first place, and the person didn't leave a message?
If a number appears on my phone that I don't recognize, and the person doesn't leave a message, I don't call that number wondering who it was who called me. If it was that important, they would have left a message, I figure.
Maybe I should leave a message after dialling wrong numbers. "Sorry. I didn't mean to call you. Don't worry about calling me back to check."
It's one of those great technology etiquette questions.
My friend just went through another technology-ish question.
"We used to sign our e-mails with 'xoxo,'" she said to me about one of her other friends. "And now she doesn't. And now I didn't in my last e-mail! What does it mean?"
I've been there. A while ago, I started signing off certain e-mails with 'xoxox.'
The 'xoxo' sign-off takes some thought. You can't just sign off an 'xoxo' for everyone.
There are certain people I've written to that I've really wanted to sign off with the 'xoxox' but I couldn't. Mostly these are professional people (my editors) who I also really like as people. Are they friends? Are they editors?
Or other mothers at my daughter's school who send me Thank You e-mails for the gift I've bought for their kid for their birthday. I want to send back, "Your welcome! xoxox R.")
But who knows? Maybe they'd think I was being a little TOO friendly by signing off with a "xoxox."
I also wanted to sign off an 'xoxo' one e-mail with my daughter's teacher, who kindly helped me out with her skates (buying kid's skates is a whole other post.)
I could sign off xoxox because that would cross the teacher/parent code of some sort. Even though I was really grateful.
In any case, once you start using the "xoxox" sign-off, people expect you to continue using it. They read into it, if they don't receive an "xoxox" in all future e-mails.
Once you're in the "xoxox" circuit of e-mails, you're stuck in there. Once you start using them at the end of e-mails, you've got to continue. Or else people will wonder why they're no longer getting the "xoxo" treatment.
Which is why I don't give out my 'xoxox' to just anybody.
Just a couple random thoughts today...