Siri Etiquette

written by Mikaela Cowles on January 15, 2013 in E-Mail Etiquette 101 with no comments


I left a little late for my basketball game the other night. Making my way through rush hour traffic, I watched the minutes tick by and drummed the steering wheel. When I heard a text come through, I was sure it was my team captain. But how was I going to drive and read her text, let alone text her back? Siri of course!

What is Siri? It’s an intelligent, voice-activated personal assistant that helps you send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Who doesn’t love hands free dictation and a smart system that learns and grows with you?  As someone who works on the go, I have fallen in love with Siri’s ability to take notes. Dictating voice memos is a thing of the past. Dictating direct transcriptions is here to stay.

While I trolled Seattle’s city streets looking for parking, I listened to my text message and then responded – all hands free!

Despite all the benefits, it’s important to remember Siri comes with some definite limitations. Yes, she can put in punctuation, but it’s not always perfect. Yes, she can generally understand you, but sometimes she doesn’t. Dictating a note to yourself is one thing. Dictating an e-mail to a client is a completely different matter. Don’t rely on Siri to finalize any sensitive material. If you want to dictate on the go, that’s great. Just make sure to save it as a draft and review it once you are no longer hands-free.

Plus, remember Siri is an intelligent program, which learns and grows with you. She’s like any other friend – the more time you spend with her, the better she will know you.

Bonus – Funny Siri Responses
What is the meaning of life?
“I don’t know, but I think there’s an app for that.”

“Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in and try to live in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.” 

Am I beautiful?
“I can’t answer that.”

I need to hide a body
“What kind of place are you looking for? Mines, reservoirs, swamps, metal foundries, or dumps?”

Knock knock?
“Knock knock. Who’s there? Mikaela. Mikaela Who? Mikaela, I don’t do knock-knock jokes.”

How much wood would a woodchuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
“42? That can’t be right.”

I love you Siri
“You are the wind beneath my wings.”

What’s the best phone?
“I think you’ve already answered that question.”

Will you marry me?
“We hardly know one another.”

What’s your favorite color?
“My favorite color is…well, I don’t know how to say it in your language. It’s sort of greenish, but with more dimensions.”

Am I fat?
“No comment.”

What’s your favorite Siri response

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