San Francisco Workers Say Hi With Post-it Window Displays

The city gets a new social network

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Ah, bored office workers. You never can tell what they'll get up to: passive aggressive protests, office socializing, or entirely too much coffee.

In San Francisco, a high tech mecca, a growing number have gone the creative route. Cube dwellers with access to windows have combined art and communications in a decidedly old school way, via Post-it notes, as the blog SFist was first to notice last week.

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Rather than writing tiny missives, workers use the self-adhesive sheets as a painter would use a palette and brush or a graffiti artist, a spray can. The outward-facing glass becomes the canvas and, suddenly, they communicate with anonymous people across streets or fashion commentary for the benefit of office mates.

Sometimes there is a message for people in another building at about the same height. A new blog called #SFPOSTIT, the hashtag being used on Twitter to highlight images of examples, has called it San Francisco's newest social media platform.

People in the bareMinerals cosmetics office started with "hi," according to Twitter user Aly, and then clearly moved to more ambitious projects.

Source: Aly/Twitter

One Instagram user created his own version of the Batman logo and then moved on from there.

Source: vibolp/Instagram

Sometimes the communications become interactive, such as this inter-building game of hangman, according to a Twitter user.

Source: tmanos/Twitter

To some degree, all these people are amateurs. Post-it note art is not a new phenomenon. The manufacturer, 3M, even has software to help people design murals. Of course, an office could run through the pads of sticky paper fast enough that way to attract attention of the wrong kind.

According to the SFGate blog, some of the messages include "we r hungover" and "hire us" -- two messages that, at work, might have great affinity if the boss strolls by.

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3M is destroying our endangered, old growth forests and then misleading consumers with a fake eco-label:

April 15 2014 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

like Margaret responded I'm impressed that any one able to earn $6195 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this site link....w­w­w.jobs23.c­o­m

April 13 2014 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This really pisses me off that these people get paid to goof off. WHEN I had a job, I worked my a** off and still got laid off.

April 12 2014 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Probably the bankers making 6 figure incomes

April 11 2014 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how do you work this communication - please advise in detail

April 11 2014 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary G.

Just think, there are people out there who need a job that are actually willing to WORK!

April 11 2014 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Gee wizz, some of these folks are bout half a second from a jump off, ya think??

April 11 2014 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hilarious and very creative.

April 11 2014 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

San Francisco, the loony bin, enough said. But I bet these are the same clowns, that drive priuses, cuss you out if you disagree with global warning and want to cut down a couple of trees, so the hill behind your house doesn't burn down come next summer.

April 11 2014 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
David S.

Hilarious? More like childish.....

April 11 2014 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to David S.'s comment

Given The City's super low unemployment rate and high salaries, perhaps the rest of the nation should be more "childish". Out here we play hard but we work very hard.

April 11 2014 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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