I was talking to my sister the other day and I asked her if she was on IM during the day. She replied with “IM is so yesterday!” I was a bit taken aback and thought – how can that be? I asked her “Okay, what is today then?” She answered “I don’t know – text messaging?”
I use it all day every day to keep in touch with my colleagues and even my other sister. But then I thought about it. My other sister isn’t actually on IM she’s on her cell phone and I’m sending her IMs that way. Also – after watching TV commercials during the news this AM I realized that many services are offering text messaging services.
So my question is what service is the right one? Should we stop pushing IM services and skip right to text messaging (SMS) services? Nikki at Jenkins Law Librarywith an IM service offered by a book publisher, but my sister (who is not much younger than I am) is telling me that IM is “so yesterday”…
I don’t really have an answer, I’m just wondering what some of you in public or academic libraries have experienced with your younger audiences … actually … what are we experiencing with all of our patrons? I know that my mother prefers IM to text messaging, but that doesn’t stop her from using either service. What have you experienced?
[update] I should mention here that I prefer IM over text because I do not have a keyboard on my phone … also I don’t pay my provider the fees for unlimited texting so each message costs me $.10 … making it less appealing than IM. [/update]