“In the world of texting and IMing … the default is to end just by stopping, with no punctuation mark at all,” Liberman wrote me. “In that situation, choosing to add a period also adds meaning because the reader(s) need to figure out why you did it. [...]
I'm still clinging to the virtues of properly-punctuated text messages, but it's admittedly a dying (dare I say grotesque?) art. I wonder what sort of punctuation we'll use to communicate internet-connected machine statuses 10 years from now. Is it time to finally canonize a set of standard irony and sarcasm marks, but for machines only?
Mark Benson is Vice President of Engineering at SmartThings, a technology company based in Mountain View, CA and a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. Mark is a regular speaker and writer on the intersection of technology, business, and society as it relates to product development, technology leadership, strategic planning and execution, intellectual property portfolio management, software architecture, information security, competitive positioning, and organizational behavior.