When the whole world was busy updating their BBM status, dedicating all sorts of big smiles and thumbs up to the deluge on that dreadful flooded Friday last month, I, who usually believe in sparing the 70-odd contacts on my list on every breath I take and every move I make, keyed in this — %&@#.
Was I the only one on the list not finding this downpour romantic, and thinking about how to make it to work instead?
Wondering led to more wondering and ultimately led to figure out trends in the world of status updates. Weather updates top. For those not in the know, status updates have many elements. Theres a picture box. Here is where we upload our picture and update it on a half-hourly basis. We could be Plushing. We could be posing at Champs-Elysees. It could be our dog. Our cat. Our parrot. Our TV. Our phone charger. Anything. Then some of us use this picture box to upload graphics. Now this could also be anything. Dear stress lets break up. Dont cry. Buy a bag and get over it. Garfield graphics. Teddy bear sweet somethings. Even serious notes like I hope karma slaps you in the face before I do.
Next to the picture box there is space to fill in your status update. A couple of lines and the field is full. Not only do some people find the time to update this status every hour, some also find time on a regular basis to do up their display names. Hearts, smileys, fancy fonts... Sometimes names read like this — AJIJSJHJAJ or ANINSNHNAN.
And if all this was not enough, there is even more scope to write under the head status. You can choose between a red busy and green available. Or you can personalise status thereby getting another few lines to update everybody on your latest move. Yes, youre probably thinking Oh god! right now but its not over yet.
When youre on a call, you can set your BBM such that a phone icon appears, so people know youre really busy and not just pretending!
The top 10
Happy birthday. Or congratulations. This one is usually accompanied by a picture of the special boy/girl. A picture that has to feature you also, of course!
Emoticons. One smiley. Three big smileys. Party. Hugs. Talk to the hand. Sometimes its one or two, sometimes it is a whole row of emoticons.
Travel plans. London. Paris. Most dont update if they are travelling to Ludhiana. Or Digha.
Lovey-dovey. This one is for chweeeeety and has a barrage of kisses and hearts and xoxo.
Random. This one could be just an OMG or Hooked on to Franklin & Bash. These are often JLT (just like that). Or thoughts on top of the mind.
Cryptic/ mysterious. These
can be either just a whaaaaat. Or a surprise emoticon. The updaters usually expect questions. Many questions.
Weather updates. Its pouring. So hot. Lovely weather... and other such brilliant observations.
Movie reviews. Hangover 2 got many updates followed by Bheja Fried. The latest is Delhi Belly with a C. You know whos watching which film. And with who. And of course what they think of it.
Day of the week. This one is most annoying. Weekend inspires people most. Monday comes second. With the word manic accompanying it.