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Thursday Poll: What’s Your Favorite Way to Communicate With Friends?

With the ways to communicate with the people we love continuously growing, we would like to hear which way is so far, your favorite. There’s the ever-classic text message, old fashioned phone call, and of course the newest IM applications such as Gtalk and Facebook Instant Messenger. Unless it’s for business, I honestly can’t remember the last time I took to the phone to see what my friends were up to. Personally, it’s all about Gtalk.

Let us know which mode is your favorite in the day to day grind.

What's your favorite way to communicate with friends?

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  • JazzoRenee

    I like kik messenger

  • Squaw Elizabeth Warren

    I use em smoke signals.

  • Neil

    Face to face…

  • How is Google+ Messenger not an option? Its awesome! My usual group of (10) friends uses it all the time. That way I can stay in touch with all of them at once. If I want to do something, I just send a message with G+ Messenger instead of 10 separate text messages. It works on iPhones too so literally all my friends are on it! And ppl w/o smarthones? Well, they’re no friends of mine.

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

    Why was “in person” not an option? Sad, very sad. I’m assuming in person might be tough for some people and their french model girlfriend that lives in Paris, and only has one picture that she can ever send you, and it’s just so unfortunate that she never has the time to see in real life. I wonder how many people here actually say “LOL” and “Pwned” when on that rare occurance that they are talking to a human being in person?

    “LOL that was so funny dude, I heard your grandma had a heart-attack and got pwned to death, umadbro?”.

  • mikeym0p

    Hey Tim, in the picture is that a white GNex or is that a case? If so, what case is it?

  • User

    Am I the only one who emails? Surprised that isn’t an option.

  • It all depends on who I am taking to and how they communicate with me. I usually text my friends, groupme for the ex-coworkers I don’t care about, whatsapp for the ex-coworkers I don’t care about and Facebook Messenger for the friends I don’t care about.

  • Depends on who I try to communicate with really

  • E

    KiK Messenger

  • ds

    I find them in Google Latitude and navigate to them. Creepy?

  • Mark Lewis

    Depends on the friends. Face-to-face, email, facebook, phone, GTalk, G+… but definitely not text messaging.

  • Nighthawk700

    I prefer email. Guess I’m from a lost generation. 😉

  • Smoke signals….. from burning piles of iPhones.

  • Tom

    Other – I have no friends.

  • I prefer to do that thing we used to do all the time back in the day… actually leave our house and meet in person LOL

  • Skip

    Now that FFC are becoming more common I am using video calling more. I wish more people would use Gtalk..

  • CopierITGuy

    Anyone here use Voxer – the walkie-talkie app? I have a few friends that are using it. I mainly like to use it to say things like, “Breaker, breaker, 1-9, we’ve got a bogey on our tail!” That’s about the most fun I can get out of it…

  • CopierITGuy

    @Timotato:disqus Other – I like to communicate with all my homies here in the comments on DL! {:~)

  • Kyle Fullmer

    Holy crap people still text? It is so slow, you really do owe it to yourself and your friends to use instant messaging over data. Currently using KIK because it’s so fast but they don’t really support it anymore, havent seen new features in a year.

  • Spencer Ward

    Unfortunately SMS, wish my friends would pick up on Gtalk.

  • Josh Castle

    Other – A fan of KIK for the reason of sent, delivered, and read receipts… would prefer G Talk if they had these, for the fact that I could easily transfer conversations between devices and pick it up. Something KIK does not do (only works on 1 device at a time)

  • GCG

    All you punks are still wet behind the ears
    Why did they invent phones? it’s 10 times easier to talk than try to type ……. its like going back to the stone age typing !!!!!

  • Andrew Merewitz

    Seeing the OG’s in this picture made my morning, thank you.

  • Most of my friends aren’t that tech savvy, and don’t like change, so texting is the way to go at least for now. Wouldn’t mind trying Gtalk though.

  • ChrisTraeger1

    I like to use infrared beams

  • Classifieds

    Facebook for me

  • jdrch

    Sadly, SMS is still the only means that works for everyone. Hardly anyone actually talks on the phone nowadays anyway.

  • Geocranium

    What exactly IS Google Talk? Just an IM program?

    • etg9

      Get out.

      lol, Google Talk is the chat (IM) program built into the phone and Gmail. Very hand if I’m sitting at my desk, using the keyboard, then I can walk off and still get all my messages on my phone.

  • textingisforoldpeople

    people still use archaic text messaging? what is this 2008? Gtalk all the way.

  • paul_cus

    I still like to call people on the phone. Oh, and smoke signals.

  • Pat Hamilton

    All about that ventrilo. All my friends have the ventriloid app too.

  • Text via Google Voice.

  • that picture is the phone collection i wish i had

  • Daniel

    technically.. my FAVORITE is google talk. but none of my friends use it, so i have to resort to text and facebook chat, both of which i hate.

  • JPose

    Maybe I’m just not that lucky and never got grandfathered into a good plan for text. I only use Gtalk, occasionally if Gtalk is not an option I’ll email. In extreme circumstances I might send a text but I can’t see text becoming my primary form of communication.

    • Same here, I only use SMS when communicating with someone who has an iPhone. Thankfully I don’t know many people with iPhones. All my friends use Android, so gtalk is perfect.

    • Droosh

      Get Google Voice for free texting.

  • nightscout13

    Instant Messaging FTW

  • Blaudy Rodriguez

    Gtalk. DeskSMS merges the non-googlers.

  • tomn1ce

    I use google voice and whatsapp for the most part.

  • i like to actually see my friends in person. call me old fashioned.

  • Nick Daulton

    Nice to see the OG Droid still getting some attention, long live my friend.

  • Interpretive Dance

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Yep, I’m still shocked this wasn’t a viable option, hahahaha! Your friends must either hate you or love you, either way I bet it’s highly entertaining and scary, but fun too ;P

    • DJyoSNOW

      GOOD ONE! (Interpretive Dance) I often wonder if the polls are trick questions or loaded….This one being on the silly~useless side?(talk about a filler article lolz) Oh and I did get the answer right.

  • I prefer to grunt and wildly gesture.

  • John

    As somone in IT, i feel loyalty to gtalk for some reason. I use it daily but it is still txt most of the time.

  • Dylan Neu

    I use text messaging, but use Google voice when I only have access to wifi. I wish the stock messaging app had phone number/gtalk integration similar to iMessage, that would be perfect.

  • Twitter!

  • I have to balance it. Gtalk with all my friends who use it.

    Text message for everyone with a texting plan. Yes some.still don’t

    And Facebook messenger for everyone with a smartphone and a Facebook!

  • Since I can’t convince my friends, who all own smart phones, to use IM, gTalk, etc, its 99% text messages.

    • Ditto my friend…

    • mikeym0p

      Same boat, however I did convince my family and a few friends to exclusively use gTalk. Thankfully my mom didn’t figure out the video chat yet, phone calls with her are bad enough haha

  • Liderc

    I actually use facebook a lot at home, I know i’ll get murdered for saying this, but I find their desktop messaging very useful. We also use this for my work as well, but through a group page. But mostly text message.

  • I love how my friends make fun of me because I have a new phone every 6 months and sometimes have 2 of them with me.. Look at that picture. Wow.

  • leroybrute

    Other. Hitmen with clubs.

  • InyRules

    For me, text messages and Twitter. None of my friends with Android phones keep their Gtalk on.

  • the messenger inside the G+ app. my friends use it as a chat room.

    • Matt Larson

      Same here

  • iLock_N_iLoad

    Twitter yo !!!

  • kixofmyg0t

    I would like to use Gtalk…..but no one I know personally uses it.

    But my wife and I log over 10k texts in a billing cycle….so text message.

    • John

      Wow that is a lot

      • kixofmyg0t

        Yeah it is. She takes the lions share of the total. That poor Droid 3 keyboard lol.

  • I like to text them…while standing right next to them so I can show off my finger skills WHAT!

    • Seth Crain

      Made me LOL, so you get a thumbs up

      • Fattie McDoogles

        *rim shot* lol

    • SilverUberXeno

      That’s what I use your mother for

  • AlexKCMO

    How about… I don’t know… in person?

    I tease my nephew all the time when he has friends over saying they sit in his room and text each other. One day it will be true.

    • yeah nothing like going out with friends, and having them on their phones constantly… Serious irritation there, so I hear ya

  • jjrudey

    I want to use Google Talk. All of my friends have an Android phone so they all could be using it, but they don’t. So I don’t get as much use out of Talk as I’d like and use texting more often.

  • Other – Carrier pigeon.

  • AryanRich


  • I use What’s App and Facebook Messenger more than anything else.

  • S2556

    I like services like Gtalk and whatsapp and what not but the problem is that not enough of my friends use it for it… So Texts

  • Zach Shuford

    Text with DeskSMS to make it into more of an IM client.

  • robertlwalters

    Kik Messenger

  • That white Nexus S STILL lookin sexy!!!

    • Chris

      Galaxy Nexus 😉

  • brkshr

    I prefer Gtalk, but none of my friends use it. So text for friends, Gtalk for GF

    • Yep, came here to say exactly this. Even my friends who have had a smartphone for years are still sending text messages. Google Talk is by far my favorite, but I am in the minority there for whatever reason.

  • Voted Gtalk, but WhatsApp keeps growing and could have been added to the list.

  • Kyle

    Other – Face to Face

    • Oh you mean in person? Soooo 2011. 🙂

      • EvanTheGamer

        Naw…so 2007. haha

        Also face to face communication is just so overrated. I’m waiting for virtual reality face to face, now that I can work with. Hell yeah, bring on the future!

        • SolipsisticPsychologist

          The ladies must be all over you man!……….online……..

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        Saying something is so (fill in date), is so 1994. And it was sooooo retarded then as well, irony applicable here of course.

    • triumphtriple

      Oh you mean like Facetime or Skype!

      • Champion1229

        How dare you talk about an apple branded product on Droid Life! 🙂 hahah lol

    • Champion1229

      u mean Skype? lol

    • This. My phone and all the online services (mainly IRC) are used to coordinate meetings, and that’s it.

      • JoshGroff

        ^ This

        I usually just text people or spontaneously ambush them.

    • Nemesis099

      Face to Face is covered by Google Talk as they have video!

      At least that is what I use all the time.

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        That is your definition of tangible, physical, in person, face-to-face time with another human? The amount of downloaded porn filling up external hard drives, must just be astronomical here with Droid Life readers. I wonder how many readers had to have insurance pay for carpel tunnel surgery for that very reason?

    • Harold Goldner

      The fact that “face to face” isn’t even an option is a sad commentary.

      • SolipsisticPsychologist

        My thoughts and my reply exactly.

      • Sanman202

        Yeah, it may be sad but this is a technology blog so only methods that may be used on your device are listed. I can see what you mean though. Especially for the youth of the World.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Text Message, the only way to communicate!

    • j__h

      I really like how easy I can switch from phone to computer using gtalk. Once I get friends to use it initially there is no going back.