To the balikbayan getting acquainted with the Philippine's Texting culture. Here are a few pointers to survive text-crazed Philippines.
The idea of this article came from a member of ph-cybeview yahoogroup.
Here's my Textiquette (more like cellphone etiquette but Textiquette sounds nicer) list in no particular order:
- Learn how to set your phone to silent mode. Use silent mode when in a meeting, in class, in church, in the theater.
- Don't text and drive.
- First time you text or call, identify yourself. Identify yourself when texting from a borrowed phone.
- Excuse yourself if you're in a face-to-face conversation and wish to text or call.
- When changing cellphone numbers, make sure you sign your name.
- Don't send condolences, break-up with your partner or propose marriage via text. Have the decency to make a phone call or say it face-to-face.
- Don't pass chain text messages. If you're not sure, verify first.
- Respect the privacy of your loved ones. Don't insist on reading text messages stored in their phone.
- Learn how to insert smileys ;-) in your text messages
- When in public, don't listen to each and every ringtone on your phone. It's amusing for you, but irritating to others. Do it in private where you won't irritate anybody.