We have an instant message system at work which we use quite a lot for things that are quicker than, or just don’t require an e-mail.
It’s got me into all sorts of trouble over the years. All contacts are listed in alphabetical order, you just click on one to open a window and start typing. Unfortunately this has meant I’ve asked people the wrong things many times as I can’t touch type and look at my keys rather than the screen (including that time I meant to ask a good friend if he’d suitably misbehaved over the weekend with his girlfriend…and sent it to a business analyst I hardly knew in Asia…)
I’ve learned my lesson now and always make sure I know who I am talking to these days. That doesn’t stop the typos though. Last week, a colleague (who I don’t know very well) obviously wanted something from me, but went a little quiet after this conversation starter:
In fact, I didn’t hear from her for the rest of the day.