When you are Instant Messaging with several different indiviuals at the same time and you mistakingly IM the wrong person. The worst IMbolisms result when you IM a negative comment about a person to that person. This usually results in a wash of panic as you try desperately to cover your error- often times compounding the error.
John and I were IM'ing during yesterday's conference call and we were talking about how much of a slacker Mike was. I mistakingly selected Mike's window and wrote- "Mike's not just a slacker, he's a real jerk." It wasn't until John sent me a message in HIS window that I realize my IMbolism. I tried to pass off to Mike that it was a joke...but he knew what was up.
by mswartz10 August 14, 2008