My company recently installed a new IM system. To help us along in our new found spontaneity, we now have tips for IMing appearing in the elevators. Today's tip was "Sarcasm can be easily misunderstood."
This is the theme of my life. I hate emoticons with a passion, but I find myself having to insert them all the time, because I write how I talk, and I tend toward the dryer side of life. I haven't gotten so bad that I have to send people "I'm sorry" letters (I have a friend who does this, and I think it's adorable), but I do often walk away from conversations thinking, "Oh, my God, <insert name here> now hates me because I bet she thought I was serious."
I'm also ridiculously direct. To the point that I've been told a few times to tone it down a bit, that some people can't really handle the raw version of Rita. I watch movies all the time and think, "God damn, those people could be so happy if they would just say what they actually feel instead of tip-toeing around it." Over the years, my belief in our need to be completely articulate has gotten me into more trouble than I care to think about.
So really, what's better? I am going to get into so much trouble with company IM. Especially when I say, "Okay. Stop talking now."