Apparently there’s a new feature available for certain email software programs called ToneCheck. This works much like spell-check, except rather than correcting your misspelling of “recommend” and overlooking the fact that you wrote “you’re” when you meant to write “your,” ToneCheck highlights content which exceeds some kind of preset filter for negative (or exceedingly positive) emotions such as anger, sadness, resentment, elation, etc.
ToneCheck was released as a plug-in with Microsoft Outlook in July, and will “allow for personal variations in tone, gauge a sentence’s level of emotional ambiguity and offer suggestions for revision.” A few have suggested on other internet sites, that “the tone of my posts” should be a little less intense and so forth, so in my case, it might be a good idea.
Now please note, I just saw this, I have not personally tried it. I don’t know if this link feature will work here or not, but it might be worth giving it a shot. Click on TONE CHECK if you want to see it in action. Like most Americans “I have the right to remain silent” but seldom exercise that right. Which of course often brings me grief from the word police or some administrators/moderators. It might be a good idea for me to purchase this thing and try it out … Who knows, might cut some of you some slack in the process.
As they say …. “You deserve a break today.”
It could be a good deal and then it might be a total waste of money. I can’t decide if this is really terrific, or laughingly absurd. We’ve all sent an email we’ve almost immediately wished we could unsend (the only thing I miss about AOL), we’ve all cringed at our own words when they come back to us at the bottom of a reply, many of us have probably adopted the if-I-write-it-when-I’m-upset-angry-bitterly-disappointed-resentful-stark-raving-mad-I’ll-wait-for-24-hours-before-sending-it policy.
But can we really expect a software program to be able to recognize the subtleties and intricacies of adult communication?
I guess the assistance of an objective “third party” giving us a virtual nudge and asking “are you sure you want to say it that way?” wouldn’t be a bad thing. I could always choose to ignore it. Maybe someone should develop a real-life version, something along the size of a digital recorder, which we can speak into for feedback before saying what we REALLY think at the next posting or meeting. Now I am not sure it would work on a bus board or Internet site, but it might be worth investingating. Any of you techno Geeks want to volunteer?