I had naïvely thought that with the introduction of MSN's "personal messages", people would use them instead of having essay-length quips in their name.
However, it seems that people now have shit in their name AND in the personal message. Personal messages were created for a reason - you put your exciting news summary (you know, like "@ city bying stuf", "PUT A (F) IN UR NAME TO RAISE AWARENESS OF 9/11", "omfg mi dad is so meen" and "(8)u dnt no wot itz lyk wlcum 2 mi lyf(8)" - usually all strung together separated by broken heart emoticons) into one and save everybody else the annoyance of having to read it EVERY TIME YOU SEND A MESSAGE.
Like I said, people have just taken the personal message to mean that now you can have TWICE the shit appearing on your contacts' desktops.
Here's a demonstration of how annoying these long names could be if you're not the sort of person who keeps one program open, maximized at all times (ie. someone who uses the computer for reasons other than "ch@in 2 m8s on msn"). Just imagine how bad it would be if you had multiple people in the same conversation.
Now I really didn't have that much of a problem with it when there was no alternative, since having info like this is occasionally useful and I don't have a huge thing against people who like advertising their inside jokes. However, since we've got personal messages, PUT SHIT IN THERE INSTEAD, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF CHRIST. I have to admit though, Microsoft fucked up pretty bad when they made it so that personal messages "basically don't work properly yet", that is, they don't always "save" unless you close MSN Messenger properly, and they're not portable (if you sign in on one MSN client and change your PM, that won't be reflected on another client, unlike your MSN name and contact list).
Moving on, something else that really shits me about MSN: those people that add you to their list that you don't really give a shit about (so you don't immediately start talking to them), then 20 minutes later open a conversation with you asking "hu iz dis?". Why the fuck did you add me in the first place asshole? Now if these people were spammers or mail order brides trying to find a "business partner" than I wouldn't have so much of a problem with it, but invariably they're the 12-year-old third cousin twice removed of someone you once talked to on MSN because they asked you the same question.
Or how about the people that change email addresses and demand that you "add their new addy"? First off, there are very few reasons to change addresses in the first place. These include:
- You were using an email address given to you by your workplace, from which you have been fired for using MSN or browsing midget pornography during work time;
- You discovered that Hotmail sucks ass and decided to switch to Gmail because at the time Hotmail only had 2MB of storage and you like having searchable email;
- Your email account was otherwise disabled or deleted (note: this does not include getting that email account banned from signing up on your favourite teen forum);
- You're changing your identity due to someone stalking you.
- Your old email address was firstname.lastname@example.org, but now it's 2006, and you want to be the first person to secure email@example.com (helpful hint: don't put the year in your email address!);
- Your old email address was firstname.lastname@example.org, but James dumped you for a hotter, smarter, and all-round better person;
- Your old email address was email@example.com, but ever since "emo music" became uncool you decided not to like them anymore;
- Your old email address was firstname.lastname@example.org because you hate Jimmy Eat World, but many people misinterpreted it;
- Your old email address was email@example.com, but now you're fat, ugly, boring and nobody likes you;
- You forgot your old email addresss;
- Someone blocked you;
- You "just got sick of the old one".
- Sign into your old account.
- Click Contacts at the top of the screen (or press Alt+C if you've hidden the menu bar), then select Save Contact List.
- Save your contact list to a location of your choice.
- Sign into your new account.
- Click Contacts at the top of the screen (or press Alt+C if you've hidden the menu bar), then select Import Contacts from a File.
- Hopefully by now you haven't forgotten where you saved your contacts from before. Locate the file and double-click it.
- Your contact list has been imported, celebrate by writing some poetry.
Finally, one more thing to rant about, though this applies to all the internet, not just MSN. The following phrases have been way overused and are no longer funny:
- Chuck Norris / Vin Diesel
- FPS Doug / Boom Headshot