Friday, September 16, 2005

Embarrassing Internet incidents

If you want to embarrass yourself, the Internet is the perfect place to do it.  This brought back to me full-force today, and I thought back over the years to some of my old chat-room  slip-ups.

I don't really care for Instant Messages, unless there's really something to talk about; just to IM somebody and say, "What are you doing?" or "How are you?" (unless they've been sick recently) isn't my kind of thing.

Back in the old chat room where I used to while away countless hours, there were some people who could get my dander up a bit.  Jerry was one of these, and although I consider him a friend, and still talk to him in a chat room from time to time, sometimes he got on my last nerve.  I'm sure he feels the same about me.  When he'd get on a rant in the chat room, rather than go off on him in the public forum, I'd IM a friend and let her hear my opinion.  That way, it didn't turn into a world war, and my friend and I would have a few harmless laughs.

To IM someone in an AOL chat room, you double-click their name on the right side of the chat screen.  Folks, if you do this, be SURE you double-click the right name.  Because the snide remark I was making about Jerry this particular time went straight to him; I had clicked the wrong name.  Yes, I deserved the embarrassment. 

Recently I was going to IM Celeste, my J-land pal, to invite her to an AOL group I belong to.  I double-clicked her name, I thought, and typed the invitation; but it wasn't her.  It was someone I just had on my buddy list for the heck of it, and she would not have been the least bit interested in my group.  How do you explain to a total stranger that you "accidently" instant messaged them? 

I have an online acquaintance who, if she receives an e-mail that is one of the "urban legends" or hoaxes going around, sends everyone on her mailing list the facts about the "lies", making the poor person who sent it out feel like a fool. 

Today I got an e-mail from this person that was, in part, an Urban legend.  Perhaps some of you have seen it, a picture of a man with a huge bear he shot in Alaska.  The bear isn't as big as the story says, and the bear did not have human remains in his stomach, as the e-mail contends. 

Well now, of course I couldn't wait to point her to Snopes.com to get the real facts, like she is always doing with other people.  Which would have been fine.  But then I decided to forward it to a friend in e-mail, telling her about the snopes site, etc.

But instead of clicking "forward", I clicked reply.  So, the sender of the big-bear e-mail received the little gloating note intended for my friend.

Just a few of my embarrassing Internet moments.  I could write a book.

And yes, I deserve every embarrassing moment I've mentioned.

PS  I'm sending this link to Jerry as part of my penance for wrong-doing. 

13 comments:

madcobug said...

Now all that you mentioned would be some embarrassing moments. LOL. Helen

robinngabster said...

Unbelieveable! I just, this very moment got an email about the Pepsi can leaving out part of the pledge...have you seen that hoax? I did what you did, just sent a link to the urban ledgens and hoax web page and told that person it was a hoax instead of replying back to the 100 pepople she sent this email to saying NOT to buy Pepsi.  LOL!  

ryanagi said...

Oh dear...I am also one of those "Snopes debunkers" that reply to forwards with an appropriate link. But I don't reply to all. That's just rude.

siennastarr said...

Yikes!  You are batting a 1,000 today, aren't you?  From horse whisperer, to wayward goats, to Internet faux pas! lol
I've done stuff like that too!  We probably all have!

:)
Jackie

PS  Thanks for the info on the goats!  You're a sweetie for sending it!

ksquester said...

Well THANK GOODNESS you get all of your recipes right!  (Still enjoying the apple cake) I know what you mean about those slip ups. It's so easy to press the send button and then go "ut oh!"   Anne

nightmaremom said...

LOL I have to admit I have a few of them too.  In the old days I would have a couple IMs going and how many times the text went to the wrong IM.  Depending on the conversation one could really be in a bind!  LOL  Thanks for sharing

tillysweetchops said...

Sorry to laugh but this was highly amusing! But so, so useful. Now I know all the pitfalls and potentially dangerous situations that are only an accidental click away! lol. This is my first time here and I shall certainly come back again in order to absorb more of your wisdom.
Tilly x
http://journals.aol.co.uk/tillysweetchops/Adventuresofadesperatelyfathouse/

lonamay said...

Oh Mo.. i laughed at this very hard... it brings back many memories.....thanks for refreshing them for me...

bookncoffee said...

Oh I feel your pain on these.  We have a guy at work that was really badmouthing one of our vendors....trouble was, since he had the guy on his mind, he picked out the wrong email and sent the email to the guy that he was badmouthing.  He really got in a lot of trouble at work.  

bnanajm said...

Oh Mosie, those were the good old days and that original CTI bunch was the best.  Thanks for reminding me how I met you.

sanforized6 said...

Mosie, you're so darn HUMAN!! Great "confession." rich

jevanslink said...

Okay, I'm waiting to read about your slip ups.  I didn't see any here.  Mrs. L

csandhollow said...

I see Jerry replied. That was probably one of the nicest things I have ever heard(saw) him say