Use one message


Have you ever found yourself talking about something but saying it in multiple messages? This might sound innocent but it can be very annoying. Take this example:

(9:15:30) Foo I just found out the craziest thing
(9:15:37) Foo when you fullscreen a video on youtube
(9:15:48) Foo you can actually scroll down to see the comments
(9:15:55) Foo like without going out of fullscreen
(9:16:04) Foo how did I never know about this?

This is a normal message that I might see from some people; the thing is, they are using a new message as a new sentence. I believe you should put this all into one message for two main points.

  1. I don't want to see you type out your message. For the example I showed, it might not seem that bad as this was an opening message, but say we were having a back-and-forth conversation and you did this. You could be asking why I don't want to see you type out your message, as it's not causing any harm, but if I am invested in reading what you are writing, I now have to wait for you to fully finish typing your messages to understand what your whole point is. I can read your messages much faster than you can type them, so I don't want to have to pause after every sentence to let you write the next one.
  2. I don't want to waste my precious screen height on your messages. Every platform is capable on text wraping; I don't need you to do it for me. If I am on a smaller screen, then the text wrapping is going to have to wrap every one of your messages in a non-optimal way, wasting screen height.

The first example could easily be converted to:

(9:16:45) Foo I just found out the craziest thing, when you fullscreen a video on youtube. You can actually scroll down to see the comments even while still being fullscreened. How did I never know about this?

The first example would take me at least 34 seconds to read the full thought, as I would have to wait for every new message to come in. With the improved example, I read it as quickly as I want and can instantly form a reply. It might take longer for your message to come out, but I can read it easier and wont have the feeling of waiting.