I can never over-state the importance of the display name of an Instant Messenger (IM) in the current age. People change their MSN Messenger or QQ display name on daily basis, if not on hourly basis. By looking at the display name of my friends on MSN Messenger, I have some brief knowledge about
- Whether they are happy?
- What they are focusing on?
- How they need help – it is a personal ad platform that people ask for referrer for a job, or ask for a job, or business
- Contact information. Many people always include all their contact information.
- Whether they moved
- Joke of the day…
Since I started blog, I tend to do something in “long term”. This time, I did an experiment of how important the MSN Display Name is.
My experiment was, keep the display name unchanged for half an year!
In Jan 1, 2006, I changed my display name to
Jian Shuo Wang – Happy New Year
After that, I didn’t change it. I got incredibly many people complaint to me that I should not be that lazy to keep the display name out of date. In June, I changed the display name to
Jian Shuo Wang – Not Happy New Year
Jian Shuo Wang’s display name on Sept 14, 2006
I will keep this version until the new year of 2007.
If you ask me what is special in 2006? My answer is, I didn’t change my MSN display name for the whole year (or only once). This is at least something very special for me in 2006.
During the conversation with my friend, I discovered that if you have an out-of-date display name, people will think:
- You are lazy.
- You are extremely busy
- You don’t use MSN Messenger often
- Something wrong with the MSN Messenger system
Of cause none of the above is the real reason. I am just testing people’s reaction to it and have some idea about how important it is to change MSN display name frequently (and the impact of not changing it).
The experiment has run for too long – 267 days since starting, and still have about 100 days to finish. How crazy. When someone start to plan for project that last for months, or years, does it mean he/she is growing old?