French Letter #3 - The emergence of anti-social networks


‘Allo ‘allo
One of the benefits of sitting on a beach is that you get to read stuff that you might not see otherwise. SInce British newspapers are now printed all across Europe and part of America getting a regular fix of my favourite newsprint and having the time to read it has become part of my holiday ritual.
Today I came across a commentary from LA in the (London)  Times. Chris Ayres reported on Slydial. This ‘service’ will always (in the US) connect you to to a recipients voice mail so that you can avoid having to talk to them. 
From their website they quote a situation:

‘Buy yourself some time

You go to a week long convention for work in Las Vegas and blow $5,000 the first night at the roulette table. You need to call your wife and tell her why she should hold off on making the monthly mortgage payment. Her voicemail will be much more understanding then she will’.

I love the idea of using technology in such an off-the-wall manner, this I suspect will be the first (or not) use of our sort of technology to support our weaknesses as well as our strengths.