Texting - An Epiphany

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Real Estate Broker Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

I may be an old fart, but I'm still a reasonably tuned-in techie - I've always worked hard to stay that way, ever since my first computer - a room-sized IBM 1620 that consisted of a card punch machine, a card sorter with a manual cable-connect control board, a huge console with lots of blinking lights, and a very primitive printer. I had to learn Fortran, Cobol and PL1 to operate that monster. But technology moves fast and it's always a struggle to keep up.

Texting 1I text. I even have some stupid little emoticons I can insert. If I need to send a short message to a client to confirm an appointment, or ask my wife where I left my glasses, or get a quick update on something from an associate, I have no problem texting (unless I don't have my glasses handy).

But I was treating texting as a kind of quick-and-dirty form of e-mail or phone call, as just another way to communicate.  And I could tell that wasn't quite right - my daughter, my daughter in law, and even Mary, my wife, were texting a lot more than I was. They were, in fact, really into it.

I didn't really get it, so I did what us old farts tend to do - I just shook my head and said "Those young folks. tsk tsk." and went on with my life.

Then the other night, while I was at home and Mary was still at the office, we had a text conversation on a minor topic that went on for a while - about something stupid and entertaining that had happened that day. And in the middle of the conversation, it occurred to me that it was just as if Mary was here at home. We were directly in touch and accessible. Sure, it wasn't the exactly the same, but it was real communication, and it wouldn't have worked as well if it had been a half-dozen phone calls back and forth - that would have become annoying - and we certainly wouldn't have done it by e-mail. And in a strange way, it felt less lonely than being at home, waiting for Mary to arrive.

Texting 2And it hit me - this is what my kids are doing: they are always surrounded
virtually by their friends and family, able to have on-going discussions with anyone they want at any time. They don't have to phone or wait for face-to-face, because they're always all together, in this big on-going virtual get-together. They just have to reach out with a few taps to establish contact, share something good or bad, offer support, get an answer to a question. Their world has expanded tremendously, and I think, become enriched, by doing this.

Okay, you're probably saying "well, duh!".  If you're a young techie punk, this is all painfully obvious to you. And maybe even if you're a more tuned-in old fart than I am. But it was an epiphany for me and I know I have a lot of associates out there who also don't "get it" - I hear a lot of "tsk tsk's" - so think of this as my attempt to share with those of us less fortunate than you enlightened ones.

I'm going to be texting a lot more in the future. Maybe I'll even get good at it, if I have my glasses, if my thumbs still work, and if I can manage to outsmart that stupid auto-complete function on my iPhone.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970-689-4663
www.maryanddick.com

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There is a place for texting in business for updates, news,  etc but i have agents who text me offers and that just doesnt work for me, they can not include enough information and leaves other info up for interpretation.

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I agree 100% with you.. the same way, I embrace Facebook and beg m clients to join me and I join their circle of friends. . what a way to just be connected with just very little effort everyday. . when done properly they will be clients and virtual friends for life. . .

October 05, 2011 10:05 AM
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Dick, I have gotten more into texting also. That is the only way i can get some of my clients to respond to me. But as always don't text and drive.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/study-texting-slows-drivers-response

 

October 05, 2011 10:46 AM
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Well duh! It's way beyond email due to the immediate response of it. I remember being at a Spurs game some time ago and some 20 year old next to me kept texting and I thought, wow, he paid all this money to get a great seat and isn't even paying attention to the game.

Fast forward... I was at the Inaugral UTSA RR game and with some friends. My husband couldn't make it due to a family emergency. I texted him throughout and sent a few MMS (I was in the end zone where all the TD were happening).  It was as if he was there, almost.

Glad to know you're adjsuting and not a dinosaur -

 

 

 

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These days alot of our buyers and sellers really expect quick responce via text message. Funny how that works. I have just started to photography the messages for future reference. Never know when it may come in handy.

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