Things that Make You Go


By itself, it’s a word. By itself it means to test the network card of a computer or as a speed test according to Wikipedia. By itself I like ping’s – They are useful and helpful.

But upon what day did someone decide it was acceptable to use the word ping in the following example sentences:

I just pinged Steve about that product.


Ping me when you get into the office tomorrow.

I know I’m hardly one to talk about people melding with machines and the two becoming one – I may as well have a dozen electronic devices integrated into my body and get it over and done with but it really bugs me.

What is wrong with just saying “I emailed Steve about that product” or “Send me an IM when you get into the office tomorrow”?


Richard works as a Cloud Consultant for Fordway Solution where his primary focus is to help customers understand, adopt and develop with Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and System Center. Richard Green is an IT Pro with over 15 years' of experience in all things Microsoft including System Center and Office 365. He has previously worked as a System Center consultant and as an internal solutions architect across many verticals. Outside of work, he loves motorbikes and is part of the orange army, marshaling for NGRRC, British Superbikes and MotoGP. He is also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader.