Originally Posted by jasonoh
so the implication you're making is that everyone who doesn't capitalize is not "professional"? as with all blanket generalizations and stereotypes, simply not true. besides, people may use blackberries in non-work capacities as well.
Okay, since you have a chip on your shoulder that presents an opening for me to jump in.
Email, while opening enormous possibilities, has made a very negative contribution to the English language. In a day and age when your typical university graduate writes at a level that would have been considered unaceptable for grade 11 just thirty years ago, the casual nature of email has made it even more acceptable to ignore grammar in the interests of expedience or, as you seem to 'imply', self-expression. Self-expression in English once meant the clever use of language. Today it's increasingly used as a flimsy cover for laziness or outright illiteracy. So as an unapologetic language snob, I must reject your 'personal use' argument. The Blackberry was designed to facilitate ease of communication. Hence the auto-capitalising. It was probably not of concern to the designers that it insufficiently accomodates those that wish to indulge in poor communication.
BTW NJBlackberry shouldn't have backed down. Professionals do ALL use capitals unless they suffer from language competence issues.
Just my two cents of course.