Author John Scalzi has decided that he is killing his voice mail. I’m completely on his side in this, and I think that perhaps it’s time to make it official.
I have three voice mailboxes: my personal cell phone, my office line, and my home line. On my personal cell, if the voicemail is left by someone I know, I almost never listen to it. I look at the number and decide when I’m going to call them back (or communicate in some other way, usually text or email). If it’s not left by someone I know, there’s maybe a 50/50 chance of me listening to it. Maybe.
On my home line, voicemail is this vast wasteland of nothingness. I can’t tell you the last time that I listened to it. I check its caller list to see who’s called lately, but that’s it.
My office voicemail is one that I actively hate. It’s a hassle to use. I have to remember my PIN, and then navigate an idiotic menu system (“press 1 to listen to your voicemail”, “press 1 to listen to your messages” why?!), and then listen to the message. If I miss the important information in the message (like a telephone number), I have to listen to the whole bloody message again. And, possibly, again. And then I can delete it. Once I’ve listened to and deleted all of my messages, my voicemail starts playing me my deleted messages automatically. I have utterly no idea why.
I think it’s time to officially put this policy into play. This means figuring out how to record a message on my work voicemail.