Want to Make a Good Impression? Don't Text This.

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Want to Make a Good Impression?  Don't Text This.

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"A G8 Labor Day 2 U & Urs"

 

That's a text message I received today.  What the heck?

 

A Gate Labor Day to You & Yours?  A Great Labor Day to You & Yours?  

 

I didn't recognize the phone number, but the area code is the same as messages I receive from someone saying they have a cash buyer who wants to buy my listings.  I always delete those texts.

 

Was the text a clumsy attempt at good will marketing by wishing me and mine a "G8 Labor Day"?  The texter didn't even identify him or herself or the company.  

 

If I wrote like that, I wouldn't identify myself, either.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Just Gate! Anuthr txt xrpt tryn 2 mpress ppl w thyr abbreveashn no how. I get similar ones, and some of them take me a few minutes or more to figure out what they're trying to say. Did u mean " Want 2 mak a gud mprshun" ?

Sep 04, 2015 09:36 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'm impressed Jeff Pearl!  All of the bad text must have been painful to write.

Sep 04, 2015 10:03 AM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am convinced the individual who sent that message has only 2 opposable thumbs and absolutely no fingers!

Sep 04, 2015 11:59 AM #12
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jill, I'm such a grammar freak that even my text messages arecorrect.

Sep 04, 2015 12:12 PM #13
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I don't like getting unidentifiable messages. They are not appreciated.

Sep 04, 2015 12:50 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
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Myrl Jeffcoat - I think you're onto something!

Patricia Kennedy - I'm right there with you.

Debbie Reynolds - I don't like getting unidentifiable messages either and I appreciate them just as much as you do.

Sep 04, 2015 01:40 PM #15
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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I don't even stupid abbreviate in texts to my family.  Totally unprofessional. 

Sep 04, 2015 02:18 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Jill - I hate to say it, but that is just the way a lot of younger people communicate, and they think it's cute and fun. I have a hard time with this personally, and would never do it, especially to people I didn't even know.

Sep 04, 2015 03:51 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
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I don't stupid abbreviate either.  I agree that it's totally unprofessional.  I won't even do it in the most casual of texts Tammy Lankford.

People who think it's cute or fun to text that way are just so wrong Troy Erickson.  They think it's okay because people know what they mean.  What they fail to realize is that people also think they're stupid.

Sep 04, 2015 04:13 PM #18
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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA 

Dear Jill: I have a cash buyer who wants to buy your listing. lol

Have a non-LABOR labor day. Just realax and enjoy. lol

Sep 05, 2015 02:46 AM #19
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
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Alan Kirkpatrick - Ha!  

Besides an open house tomorrow, I'm hoping to make this a mostly labor-less Labor Day.  Besides seeing KC and the Sunshine Band at Lake Mission Viejo this weekend, I'd love to spend the rest of the weekend in the garden.  I know it sounds like work, but I like it.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend, too!!

Sep 05, 2015 03:21 AM #20
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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA 

You are too young to know KC and the Sunshine band. lol Enjoy shaking your booty. They had some great music. We used to laugh that in all their songs they only had to write two sentences. lol. Love gardening as well and know you will enjoy that time. Have a great weekend. 

Sep 05, 2015 03:49 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
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Alan Kirkpatrick - That 'young' comment was a lovely lie.  Thank you.  The picture is ten years old and Photoshopped.

My sister and I used to listen to AM radio and sing Shake your Booty and other hits from the time into our hair brushes when we were in the bathroom getting ready for school in the morning.

Sep 05, 2015 03:57 AM #22
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Text shorthand is not something that needs to be used anymore with the auto complete function the smartphones have.  

Sep 05, 2015 05:48 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

True Chris Ann Cleland, though autocorrect brings another set of issues.  Proofreading is key.

Sep 05, 2015 06:19 AM #24
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Nick T Pappas
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Jill, I absolutely hate anything that is abbreviated in text and simply will not go there. As for that sort of text being fruitful...I really wonder if they generate any business at all other than for Ma Bell?

Sep 05, 2015 06:59 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Yeah, I'm not a fan of most text shortcuts either, Nick T Pappas.

It seems incredibly unlikely to me, too that any business would be generated by such messages, especially ones so poorly written.  As you mentioned, the phone companies are probably the only ones to benefit.

Sep 07, 2015 01:10 AM #26
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

I think I'm more of a spell it out kind of girl. Or better yet, call and have a conversation kind of girl. 

Sep 16, 2015 05:47 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

You know why Dana Hollish Hill?  Because you're an adult and a professional.  That's why.

Sep 16, 2015 05:55 AM #28
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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This isn't Twitter where he had to use 140 characters or less. Bless his heart. He was trying to "work it".

Sep 16, 2015 01:13 PM #29
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