Battle of the DMs

This is the “first IRC server”, according to Wikipedia[1]. Back in my day, a “server” was a physical machine. The picture is from much later, but the machine is probably from 1987 or 1988.

(robla updated this 2020-07-31 1:40am PDT… yes, robla really should go to bed)

Who is going to win the battle of DM’ing: Twitter, Discord, Slack, Google Talk, Facebook Messenger, Matrix/Element, Mastodon, IRC, SMS, or plain old email? I’m probably missing a few contenders.

It seems among my friends that email and SMS are still the champions. I’m going to keep editing this blog post though.

  • 2020-07-29 – 3:48pm PDT – email is the unanimous favorite
  • 2020-07-29 – 4:28pm PDT – it’s a tie! SMS may have pulled in front, though
  • 2020-07-29 – 5:24pm PDT – what’s this; do we have a POSIX talk underdog? Is this over telnet or SSH? I sure hope it’s SSH…
The XMPP logo[2]
  • 2020-07-29 – 6:24pm PDT – Jabber/XMPP gets a vote. Jabber and XMPP make me a little sad. It seemed they had a lot going for them at one point, but XML-base protocols seemed to go out of style
  • 2020-07-29 – 7pm PDT – Instagram, Zoom, Discord, Slack are all getting votes now.
  • 2020-07-29 – 11:03pm PDT – the conversation is getting too much for me to keep up with
  • 2020-07-29 – close to midnight – You may be wondering where all these votes are coming from. They’re coming from friends on a certain social network beginning with “F”. However, I think I want to blast this out to other social networks like Twitter, and make more updates later this week.
  • 2020-07-30 – (robla did other things)
  • 2020-07-31 – 1:44am PDT – many other conversations got more interesting than this one on one of my other social networks. Twitter has been kinda dead., but someone noticed. I forgot to post it on Mastodon, but that’s fixed. Still, the F-word website is still very much the king/queen/czar of “social media”. Some ideas I’ve “heard”: SMS, Teams chat, Talkabout, Blackberry Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Kakao Talk. It all seems to be dependent on context. Sometimes it’s about co-workers. Sometimes it’s about co-gamers. Sometimes it’s about using mobile phones. It’s all still pretty interesting to me…


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