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If someone sends you a message saying "Hey, thought you'd like this".....

53 replies

ContessaLovesTheSunshine · 08/07/2019 22:23 do you reply?

Let's assume for the sake of argument that the sender is a member of your social circle whom you've known for a few years and have chatted to plenty of times (i.e. definitely not a randomer/spam).

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MyNewBearTotoro · 08/07/2019 22:24

What does the ‘this’ refer to?Was there a photo/ picture or something attached with the message?

Badtasteflump · 08/07/2019 22:24

Depends what the thing is - context makes a huge difference!

AriadneesWeb · 08/07/2019 22:25

“Thanks will take a look”. Then ignore if it’s not your thing.

Hmmmmmmum · 08/07/2019 22:26

I would reply
A 😂 if it's funny
A 😮 if I was shocked
Or 😍 if it was cute

Redglitter · 08/07/2019 22:26

Impossible to say without more info

Youwantshoesinashoeshop · 08/07/2019 22:28

Is it a song? Is the sender of your preferred gender for relationships? If so... I have one thing to say: mixtape. You remember what they meant back in the day right?!?! Wink

If it is a dick pic then obviously.... not.

TheVanguardSix · 08/07/2019 22:28

What is it? A dick? A pickle? Puppies in an Easter basket?


ContessaLovesTheSunshine · 08/07/2019 22:28

It would usually be a link to something online: an article, a YouTube video (I.e. linked to music genre they like), a particularly funny pair of shorts Grin that sort of thing! Nothing remotely crude (I'm surprisingly proper).

It will always have some link to their stated interests/line of work.

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ContessaLovesTheSunshine · 08/07/2019 22:29

None of the items of interest could be remotely construed as romantic, and that is not their aim!

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Thistles24 · 08/07/2019 22:31

Possibly with an emoji, but quite often if I get sent a link I’ll forget to look at it, to be honest! A screenshot would grab my attention more and get an instant reply.

WorraLiberty · 08/07/2019 22:32

What is it? A dick? A pickle? Puppies in an Easter basket?

Properly laughing here Grin Grin

OP, I'd just reply with "Yes that's good/nice/funny/whatever".

Why do you ask?

BillywilliamV · 08/07/2019 22:33

Well you could say “Thanks for thinking of me!” Or “What, are you crazy? Never darken my phone again!” And anything in between depending on what they sent and what you thought of it.,

MyNewBearTotoro · 08/07/2019 22:36

These sort of messages are exactly what emojis were made for:

😊😍😂👍😭😱🤢💩😴 etc

Badtasteflump · 08/07/2019 22:37

Ok so if it's nothing dodgy, why are you asking? Some people just like sharing things they think are funny. I get sent them sometimes - I usually just send back a lol emoji even if its crap - just to be nice. There's worse things people can do than try to make you smile Smile

ContessaLovesTheSunshine · 08/07/2019 22:37

Because whenever I send such a message I never get an answer and I had honestly started to wonder if I was committing a dreadful social faux pas or something Blush

I don't send them frequently, or to the same person more than once every - I don't know, maybe every 2 months or so? They always get read, and no-one ever says anything in reply.

I'm not expecting anything other than Grin or LOL here - the lack of anything at all in response has got me paranoid!

So some people would respond?

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Badtasteflump · 08/07/2019 22:38

I would usually reply to messages from people I know- seems a bit rude not to?

Youwantshoesinashoeshop · 08/07/2019 22:40

Yes definitely. I usually respond to things like that. As long as it's not my dad's racist brexiteer friend banging on about them immigrants/ gaaaaaaays again.

MyNewBearTotoro · 08/07/2019 22:47

To be honest I often don’t respond to these sorts of messages. Sometimes I do but others I’m worried I’ll have to get into a text-based conversation and I hate talking to friends, especially friends I’m not close with or colleagues, over text/ instagram/ WhatsApp etc. So I often do just ignore them, or if I do respond I just send an emoji.

StumpyinSomerset · 08/07/2019 22:47

If I liked it,I might respond with a thumbs up.If I remembered.

TroubleWithNargles · 08/07/2019 22:47

If I ever get an email like that from someone I know with barely any message other than a link I always delete it and never open any links. Too many hackers about and it isn't worth it.

"Hey, thought you'd like this..." is exactly the sort of wording these people use.

WorraLiberty · 08/07/2019 22:49

Is there a chance they might think it's spam?

I never reply if it's been sent to more than one recipient because to be honest, that sort of 'forward it on' thing gets on my nerves.

If it's personal to me, then I normally reply with the above or perhaps just an emoji.

It really depends on what it is.

WorraLiberty · 08/07/2019 22:50

OMG yes good point Trouble

I'd say about 90% of hacked accounts churn out links preceded by the words "Hey, thought you'd like this..."

ContessaLovesTheSunshine · 08/07/2019 22:56

Ok, fair enough - I guess I have just had a run of getting people at busy times then. I'd make a mental note to respond later if it were me though (50/50 success rate admittedly).

Most of the time the messages are via WhatsApp or FB messenger so less overtly spam; I do also try to vary the language from spam wording for the reasons stated above (I.e. Hi - thought this might appeal!).

As for content - it is just funny/interesting things I've come across that I thought might interest them, based on past discussions. That's really it.

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Judystilldreamsofhorses · 08/07/2019 22:58

My friend and I often send one another links to clothes, books, and news stories we think the other will like (in the case of clothes often I will send her a link saying what do you think, I might get this, and she has already bought it, or vice versa!) but I wouldn’t just send stuff randomly. DP sends me animal pictures if he knows I am having a bad day!

Tatapie · 08/07/2019 22:58

Why don't you just post on FB? A message is a bit of a PITA sometimes if it's just memes.

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