Technology can be used for good or for eeevil…or for purposes to annoy others. Here are some new ways to pester the ones you (dis)like…
“1. Respond to very old e-mail as if there were no issues.
Sometimes, I think it’d be fun to start at the top, and respond to the old e-mail, without apologizing for my lateness, and continue the conversation from where it left off. Imagine the hilarity!
2. Pick somebody random on Twitter who is fairly active. Follow them, and then block them immediately.
Most Twitter users will give a new “follow” at least a cursory glance, and many will reciprocally follow. They’ll likely be scratching their heads when it turns out you’ve blocked them and it’s impossible for them to follow you back.
3. Use Twitter or FriendFeed to shout out someone’s name with no context.
I’ve seen this happen a few times, when people accidentally post a name instead of searching for it. (For example: here) If you saw somebody post your name to Twitter without any reason or follow-up, wouldn’t it drive you a little nuts trying to figure out what they were thinking?
4. Put somebody on a custom FriendFeed list that contains profanity or an odd name.
Earlier this month, resident crank and good friend Steven Hodson of WinExtra noticed somebody had added his data to a custom feed called “curmudgeons”. As you can set up any names you wish, and there are no known filters, you can let your imagination run wild with just what you can name the lists. Then put people you know obsess over their stats and click through like mad.
5. Set up a custom e-mail account for Disqus with an auto-responder.
If you have a Disqus account, leave a comment on a blog, and get a reply, you should receive an e-mail notification saying the conversation has continued. If you create a new e-mail account just for this, say from OtherInBox, you could set up your e-mail to reply to all new messages, saying you’re out of the office, or something akin to “I receive a lot of e-mail and will answer yours in the order it was received”.
This response will itself be placed in the comment thread of said blog, and be the owner’s responsibility to delete, or could even lead to them responding to your out of office and have it continue. Heck, if you make the auto-responder creative enough, they may think you actually typed it yourself!”