Discovered ‘toothing’ at last
16 March 2006
I’ve heard of the social effects that are taking place with the ability of bluetooth phones to detect each other in public places. If a mobile phone is left in bluetooth discoverable mode then other phones can detect them and initiate communication. Thus bluetooth phone users can suddenly receive messages from other phones in a 10-30 metre radius.
What I hadn’t heard until this week was the lovely word ‘toothing’ that is used for this activity. Sadly since the practice can be used for harassment it seems to have become a derogatory term.