O’Malley: Introducing Universal Message Codes (UMCs)



I’ll admit, I wasn’t an early adaptor to text messaging. After decades of getting along just fine with a phone call when needing to chat with someone, text messaging struck me as cold and impersonal; like a limp-wristed hand shake, or one of those social hugs that probably inspired the chest bump. And while I was an early adoptor of email, it took me a while to warm-up to it as a general replacement for writing letters.

In fact, as most everyone knows, nowadays email is so common, and hand-written notes and letters so rare, that email archives will undoubtedly be used by historians in the not too distant future, if not so already.

And until we can figure out how to use mental telepathy, texting will do on many occasions, except when scheduling an appointment (Just call, please); writing a message that resembles an epilogue to War and Peace (keep it pithy); when walking, running, driving, or piloting; or at any other time when multi-tasking can be hazardous to health and safety.

Over time, I’ve been developing a set of short codes that can be used to communicate better and faster via text or email when requesting a call back. Below is the current version of what I have dubbed the Universal Message Codes (UMCs). You’ll note that the criteria for creating them was simple: first, there could be no more than two characters; second, they must be somewhat intuitive; and third, they can be easily committed to memory.

Universal Message Codes (UMCs)

When texting me to call you, please use the Universal Text Message Codes below.
No other message is necessary.
CU = Call ASAP; urgent (In an emergency situation, try a phone call first, and then text as a supplement only.)
C1 = Call ASAP; not urgent
C2 = Call within next 24 hours; business hours if business matter
C3 = Call at your convenience
CE = Check your email for message from me
In certain situations, it may make sense to append the UMC with a brief comment in your message. For example, the text message, CE re P&L, stands for “Check your email for a message regarding the Profit & Loss Statement.” An email message reading, C2 re mtg, stands for “Call with in 24 hours regarding our meeting.”
I may not be a quintessential early adaptor, but here’s proof that as an old dog you can learn a new trick or two, and can even make one up.

Special Note:

This post is updated from time to time with revisions to the UMCs based on reader feedback and user experience. The UMCs are not proprietary, so you’re welcome to use them as-is, or adapt them for a specific purpose. Perhaps you can think of others, or want to have someone convert them to emoji. Have at it.

— GCF —

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TJ (Tom) O'Malley

TJ (Tom) O'Malley

TJ (Tom) O'Malley, Founding Editor-in-Chief, writes for GetCurrentFast.com. He is the co-founder of American Newzine, Inc. TJ is an entrepreneur, real estate and business investor, business adviser and coach, writer, speaker, husband, father, and grandfather. Unaffliated with any political party since 1992, he is a proud citizen of the USA and dedicated to the rule of law under her Constitution. He is passionate about politics and religion as two of the most noble topics upon which to have a great conversation.
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