Delenda Affectus Epistula Est
| Gabriel |
The new version of Skype has a fantastic “screen sharing” feature but an incredibly annoying feature called mood messages. This feature constantly gives you updates on your contacts, including even what they happen to be listening to on iTunes and other status updates they choose to post. Not only does it make this information accessible should you choose to look for it, but it shows up as a history event, so I’m constantly thinking I missed a phone call or something important, only to find out that it’s just that one of my friends is listening to another song. Personally, I don’t feel the need for all my friends and colleagues to know what song I’m listening to or when I’m using the toilet, nor do I care to know the same about them. If I wanted a ubiquitous adolescent stream of narcissistic micro-banalities I’d already be using Twitter.
Anyway, this feature is turned on by default so I’m describing how to turn it off and return Skype to being what it ought to be, a dignified and professional tool for video conferencing, and not another technologically enabled manifestation of the erosion of personal space through incessant distraction. First, regain your own privacy by going to “Preferences” and unselecting “Enable Mood Message Chat.” Second, ignore the extroversion of your contacts by right-clicking within the mood message pseudo-chat window and select “Chat Notification Settings.” In this screen choose “Do Not Notify Me” and “Mark unread messages as read immediately.”
Your dignity and privacy has now returned, enjoy it.
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