Oh man, all the buzzy versions of simply saying you called or emailed someone bug me too. Perhaps just because I've got lots of professional (and family) contacts in the tech world, but the one I can't stand is "ping". Yes, people really use that. "Sounds good. Ping me." "Oh, you should ping John." Seriously.
I guess the users of these would defend them as umbrella terms covering talking in person, on the phone, emailing, texting, IMing, whatever. But they just sound annoying and buzzy to me. I could see getting sucked into using "connect" as a catch-all buzz word if it were in heavy use at my place of work. But shoot me the day I use "ping" to mean anything other than using the ping utility in *nix.