Getting the message.

I was wrong. My initial distaste for Windows Live Messenger’s Whatchoo Listenintoo? gimmick was unfounded. This is actually an ingenious feature. Provided they aren’t merely shuffling through a random playlist, my conversee’s current choice of music reveals a level of communicative nuance and emotional subtlety beyond even the most winkety of emoticons. And when Gregtober77 writes that “painting, sculpture, opera, ballet, poetry and theater shouldn’t bother considering ordinary people” while listening to Cinderella’s “Heartbreak Station”, there’s something to be said for subtext indeed.
In an effort to further the intimacy (and perhaps irony) of Messenger convos, perhaps the next version should also indicate when a partner “is deleting a message”, as it does when they’re writing one.

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