In the first year of the new millennium, instant messaging was the fastest growing communication technology of all time. Of its then 60 million purported users, Cecile and I were two young employees of a public relations agency hyping Internet start-ups and video game companies who cared only about the words we sent each other.
We sat in separate cubicles that shared a wall. Its segments fit together unevenly, leaving a narrow opening. We volleyed noiseless messages back and forth, five feet apart.
natm: fine i quit
cecilero: ok i will miss u
natm: you should come too
cecilero: where will u go?
natm: neptune or maybe mendocino
cecilero: i can see your left hand through the space
natm: i’m very serious
cecilero: this is typical