Noone ever follows the example

March 5th, 2004 | by Mike |

When I watched Steve Jobs launch iChat (and iChat AV later on) everyone’s “buddy icon” was a picture of their face. What a great idea! There are many people that I talk to over the internet that A) I never have seen in real life or B) I know them in real life, but they never come out of their Mom’s basement enough, so I forgot what they look like. Yet, only few people really do this (I do by the way).


When I watched Steve Jobs launch iChat (and iChat AV later on) everyone’s “buddy icon” was a picture of their face. What a great idea! There are many people that I talk to over the internet that A) I never have seen in real life or B) I know them in real life, but they never come out of their Mom’s basement enough, so I forgot what they look like. Yet, only few people really do this (I do by the way).

This is not just a problem with Apple users, but this feature is available in nearly every IM client out there today for Windows and OS X. So what do people do with this feature of their IM clients? Well, we have all seen it…they put weird designs, or some dumb-ass cartoon drawing of a beer mug (these people are usually underage). The worst, by the way, is when people use that feature with a stupid, and sometimes crude, animation…and lets not forget the freaks that put a picture of their dog/cat in there instead.

I would love to someday see iChat on my desktop filled with names and pictures of their faces next to each name. Wouldn’t that be great? So what if you are ugly, or if all your friends are ugly…use photoshop. You can get a cheap version of Glamour Shots on your pictures with some basic knowledge of Photoshop.

My Last Point:If you think I’m making a big deal about nothing here then lets not think about how I would rather see your face and lets focus on another side of the issue…Its not that I really want to see the person I’m chatting with, its more that I DON’T want to see (and download to my computer) a dumbass animation or picture of your dog.

Please people, lets not, as a society, take another feature that could be useful and turn it in to another heaping pile of crap and bloatware.

(If you are in the camp that thinks that this is an ABSOLUTELY useless topic to discuss…it could be worse. I could be talking about the pointless debate on whether or not two guys (or girls) can get married. Now that is a useless topic to discuss.)

  1. 2 Responses to “Noone ever follows the example”

  2. By BRANDDUN on Sep 9, 2004 | Reply

    THIS IS FROM ANONYMOUS

  3. By BRANDDUN on Sep 9, 2004 | Reply

    THIS IS FROM ANONYMOUS

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