The semiotics of "Sent from my iPhone."

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  1. Sazerac

    Sazerac Senior member

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    A recent debate erupted in my household about the "Sent from my iPhone" notation that appears at the bottom of emails sent from, um, iPhones.

    Someone argued that it was a form of free advertising for Apple. I agreed but pointed out that the "sent from my (device)" actually conveys useful information. That is, if you receive a short one-line (or even one word) e-mail from, say, your boss, it can come off as brusque. However, if you see that it was sent from a mobile device, it means that you're receiving a sort of improvised on-the-go response that excuses its brevity.

    Personally, I changed my iPhone sig to read "sent from a mobile device" so that my short replies could be excused but I wasn't blatantly promoting Apple.

    What say you? Is "sent from my iPhone" all right to leave on your email sig?
     


  2. Xericx

    Xericx Senior member

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    no. it looks stupid. i have mine set as "sent via mobile device". I could have put the whole "please ignore spelling errors" or whatever, but too long and dochey.
     


  3. Douglas

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    A recent debate erupted in my household about the "Sent from my iPhone" notation that appears at the bottom of emails sent from, um, iPhones.

    Someone argued that it was a form of free advertising for Apple. I agreed but pointed out that the "sent from my (device)" actually conveys useful information. That is, if you receive a short one-line (or even one word) e-mail from, say, your boss, it can come off as brusque. However, if you see that it was sent from a mobile device, it means that you're receiving a sort of improvised on-the-go response that excuses its brevity.

    Personally, I changed my iPhone sig to read "sent from a mobile device" so that my short replies could be excused but I wasn't blatantly promoting Apple.

    What say you? Is "sent from my iPhone" all right to leave on your email sig?


    I do what you do - I changed the sig.

    Part of it for me was just that it seems a little crow-y. "I gots an iPhone, beeyatch! I'm RICH!" Though now that everyone has a smart phone it's not quite as gauche as maybe 2-3 years ago.
     


  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Could care less what it says...
     


  5. Sazerac

    Sazerac Senior member

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    That's funny. I hear that a lot, too, this notion that somehow people with iPhones got them because they're cool or a status symbol. They're only -- "only" -- like $300, right? It's not like I have shoes covered in Swarovski crystals.
     


  6. Krish the Fish

    Krish the Fish Senior member

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    My BB used to say "Sent from my Verizon Wireless Blackberry", which imo is about as douchey as it can get. Since blackberries are pretty ubiquitous nowadays, I just got rid of the Verizon Wireless part, so people won't be peeved by short emails or minor spelling/punctuation errors.
     


  7. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I have the "sent from my mobile device" as my sig even on outlook and gmail. That way I can always get away with short emails and spelling/grammatical errors.

    lol jk, it would be funny though.
     


  8. gladhands

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    Mine says "Dictated to my minion".
     


  9. lefty

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    I use 'Sent from my Newton."

    lefty
     


  10. imatlas

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    I use 'Sent from my Newton."

    lefty


    LMAO
     


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    I always take the "sent from..." off my "signature." Let people think you are at the office and why advertise "your device?"
     


  12. Sazerac

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    "Sent from my iPhone while driving through a school zone."
     


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    How do you turn it off on a blackberry?
     


  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    Anyone living in current society should do themselves a favor and get over it. With employers feeling that it is acceptable to contact their staff 24/7 they should be happy that they're receiving messages sent from anything outside of the office.
     


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    How do you turn it off on a blackberry?

    Setup>Email Settings>(your email address)>Signature
     


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