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Scout Finch has been on the Twitter beat recently; I've decided to try para-twittering my phone banking experience here today, limiting myself to 140 characters per call, and posting it in time for people to join in themselves during the critical late-afternoon + early evening period.  So this my @workbeatingjimmydisco channel, starting after the jump.

Call 1: Weird.  Answering machine message cut off midway, then silence.  Called back, busy.  Waited, third call got through, left message.

Call 2: Unsure of how to pronounce last name, so left message for first name only.  Message recording cut off after one minute!  Unusual.

Call 3: An actual "no answer."  Most times I click "no answer" I've left a message; I wish (again) one were allowed to distinguish them!

Call 4: A live person!  "Will you support Murphy?"  "I'm a Democrat."  "Uh, so does that mean...?"  "Yes, Murphy."  (Whew!)  "That's great!"

Call 5: Reached a business. (Home biz?) Man on message tape; woman on list.  Left a jauntier than usual sounding message.  (Tell your wife!)

Reset time!: Reached end of bank of 20 calls; assigned 20 more.  End of last weekend, I was 2nd place, now I'm in 8th (but rising.)  GREAT!

Call #?: Screen: "U skipped someone earlier."  I didn't press right button?  Left a "sorry if you already got this message, but..." message.

Call 6: Another message timed out after 1 minute! (Different tech in this area?) Did get the critical stuff in.  Need to shorten message?

Call 7: Woman on answering machine tape had a great broad accent.  Msg felt good.  Give sibilant "s"s, hate saying "businesses" though.

Call 8: Remembering to add "I hope you have a nice Sunday" at the end of message.  Pandering to the religious vote?  Or just polite?  ;7)

Call 9: Claimed I had wrong number. Maybe so; maybe hiding from someone?  Asked for guy by formal first name; can be dead giveaway. Oh well.

Call 10: First Hispanic surname I think I've seen on my list.  Rushed through end of msg to beat 1 minute limit; seemed OK.

Stopping now to do some work; will start again in 2 hours.  11 calls took 40 minutes including twittering & interruptions.  Easy!

Totals: 11 calls, 8 msgs, 1 live "yes," 1 wrong #, 1 no answer.  Now in 6th place; 5th far above me.  OVERTAKE ME!  Will update in comments.

Originally posted to Doane Spills on Sun Mar 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM PDT.


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