The Big Think

September 28, 2004

Sniglet Needed

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 4:06 pm

Remember Sniglets? Well, I thought of a situation that requires one.

Briefly: It’s the awkward pause as an IM session trails off. Do you say bye and risk offending the person on the other end? Do you slow down your pace of posting and hope they get the hint? Do you close the IM window and hope you haven’t ended the conversation too early? Or do you just both keep posting, getting farther and farther off-topic, until neither one of you can remember what the original topic was?

So here’s your chance to coin a word and get the meme out. What do you think? I think it needs to be something that could be turned into various parts of speech, or reapplied to other situations (ala “spam”).


  1. Maybe this is because I mostly use IM to tag friends and family at work, but my IM conversations usually “never end.” I’ll have an open IM window for eight hours and then type “hey” in it to get the recipient’s attention all over again. If I haven’t IMed for a while, the exit conversation is usually IRL.

    Comment by Patrick — September 28, 2004 @ 4:12 pm

  2. That was me that posted above…

    Comment by Durb — September 28, 2004 @ 4:55 pm

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