Last week I talked to an audience of technology development engineers on the use of alternative tools for communication.

So I explain the use of discussion forums as an alternative for e-mail, … they all look puzzled.
Then a smile is born on the faces when they think they recognise it : ‘This is chatting … but we will not start chatting, be serious.’

So I start explaining what the difference is between chatting, online discussion forums and emails – to clear the first misunderstanding.

Apparently chatting has a very negative image : it is used by young people, on adult websites, … basically chatting is seen as wasting time.

However, it is cheap, easy and fast … So maybe engineers are too serious to use the same tools (toys) as their children.


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