10 April, 2006
Other People's Ringtones
Guten Abend Zeitgeisters,
I work in an open plan office (it’s a loft or mezzanine style of thing) and it is a common occurrence to hear other people's mobile phones going off. Graeme downstairs has a “My Sharona” ringtone and Liz, with whom I share my office, has a Madonna ringtone.
Like any other oft-heard sound, these cut into my brain like brick-saw into concrete. To be fair, my own ringtone is just as bad. If you have a Nokia 3120, then you can sample the twittering cacophony that is “Urgency”. Imagine the sound of a finch caught on a length of razor wire, then amplify it.
What I love is the reaction when anyone hears it for the first time. “Is that your ringtone?” they ask, as though I might have programmed it by accident. I have very purposely chosen a high, “top-endy” sound so it cuts through the background noise.
I propose a new piece of cell phone etiquette. Much in the same way that one doesn’t comment on how other people raise their children – especially not to the parents of those children - I think the same advice goes for ringtones. Everyone else’s ringtone will get on one’s wick. So say nothing.
So in a blanket answer to those of you who ask THAT question; Yes – that is my ringtone – and I love it.
Elevate the Insignificant,
p.s. German visitors click the Nokia link above!