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Tightfit
22nd August 2014, 17:17
Here's another trend or gimmick which seems to be taking the business
world by storm and that's the use of @names and #names.

I assume this is all a carry on from email addresses eg job.blogs@hotmail.com

For example:

@name, @department, @hmrc,

This year I've seen loads of emails, using the @ symbol or the # symbol.
For example . . . . . .

@Peter Perfect, Alan Taylor

Please, give us your approval
UNIX1 will be down from Saturday 12:00 am till midnight as already agreed with the client.

@Steve Rogers

Please let us know what time starting from Friday night we can start the PUR1 after closing all applications.

@Systems Engineering

Please confirm progress of cabling in Data Hall 12

What's your opinion of the above and as a Contractor would you
prefer to go around with the @ symbol before your name and
even on your CV.
Or is all the above - another abuse of the English language by
making it geeky or techie ??

eek
22nd August 2014, 17:22
Here's another trend or gimmick which seems to be taking the business
world by storm and that's the use of @names and #names.

I assume this is all a carry on from email addresses eg job.blogs@hotmail.com

For example:

@name, @department, @hmrc,

This year I've seen loads of emails, using the @ symbol or the # symbol.
For example . . . . . .

@Peter Perfect, Alan Taylor

Please, give us your approval
UNIX1 will be down from Saturday 12:00 am till midnight as already agreed with the client.

@Steve Rogers

Please let us know what time starting from Friday night we can start the PUR1 after closing all applications.

@Systems Engineering

Please confirm progress of cabling in Data Hall 12

What's your opinion of the above and as a Contractor would you
prefer to go around with the @ symbol before your name and
even on your CV.
Or is all the above - another abuse of the English language by
making it geeky or techie ??

Isn't it just a way of separating out a list of tasks fperson by person...

@dave

can you ensure x is order.

@jon
y needs to be finished by tuesday.

Its just a way of sending an email with everyone kept in the loop

NickFitz
22nd August 2014, 17:39
They come from Twitter, though they weren't invented by Twitter - both were conventions adopted by Twitter users, and then support for them was added to Twitter, and now people use them everywhere.

I used to work with the chap who first used the @username (without a space between @ and username) convention in 2006, @NeilCrosby. @ChrisMessina came up with the #topic convention in 2007.

More: The first-ever hashtag, @-reply and retweet, as Twitter users invented them – Quartz (http://qz.com/135149/the-first-ever-hashtag-reply-and-retweet-as-twitter-users-invented-them/)

SpontaneousOrder
22nd August 2014, 18:20
I've always used @ when writing an email or something to multiple people. I.e. @ == 'at' like in an email address

So..


Blah blah blah

@Steve (i.e. I'm addressing Steve)
you should do this.

Blah blah blah


Seen it on linked in discussions for years.


Makes sense to me. It's just like a kind of markup to add meaning to what would otherwise be just text.

Tightfit
22nd August 2014, 20:06
I've always used @ when writing an email or something to multiple people. I.e. @ == 'at' like in an email address

So..


Blah blah blah

@Steve (i.e. I'm addressing Steve)
you should do this.

Blah blah blah


Seen it on linked in discussions for years.


Makes sense to me. It's just like a kind of markup to add meaning to what would otherwise be just text.

Personally I think it's yet another decline in standards ( as we
shouldn't hold up twitter and facebook as being an example of
anything but a peddler of shortcut English and SMS expressions
eg I'm off 2 work now, c u later )

Platypus
22nd August 2014, 20:25
I've always used @ when writing an email or something to multiple people. I.e. @ == 'at' like in an email address

@Steve (i.e. I'm addressing Steve)

Makes sense to me. It's just like a kind of markup to add meaning to what would otherwise be just text.

Yes.



Personally I think it's yet another decline in standards

No.

NickFitz
22nd August 2014, 21:34
Personally I think it's yet another decline in standards ( as we
shouldn't hold up twitter and facebook as being an example of
anything but a peddler of shortcut English and SMS expressions
eg I'm off 2 work now, c u later )

I always put something like "To the illustrious Stephen: Be it hereby known that the completion of this Herculean challenge by your unstinting efforts is a consummation devoutly to be wished. Given this day under my hand and seal…"

MadDawg
22nd August 2014, 21:45
c u later )

Thanks to the bank holiday, I took a childish delight in ending an email this evening with 'See you next Tuesday'.

Little things.... :D

d000hg
23rd August 2014, 10:42
Personally I think it's yet another decline in standards ( as we
shouldn't hold up twitter and facebook as being an example of
anything but a peddler of shortcut English and SMS expressions
eg I'm off 2 work now, c u later )Lots of issue trackers let you reply by email and will automatically detect @ and # and either notify the relevant person or tag the issue respectively. Source control commits too.

In wider life it's just short-hand. You might as well say it's a decline in standards to start an email re: ...

malvolio
23rd August 2014, 13:09
I always put something like "To the illustrious Stephen: Be it hereby known that the completion of this Herculean challenge by your unstinting efforts is a consummation devoutly to be wished. Given this day under my hand and seal…"
Which I also do, since I have as little to do with the Twitfacesphere as I can, although it will be shortened to :

Steve - blah blah...

Worked for the last 18 years, ain't about to change it now. :wink