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Text-based girl, livin' in a text-based world

 
 
sozobe
 
Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:08 am
Rather than further derailing Mags' thread, starting a new one.

I could not be happier about how text-based things are these days. Case in point...

Sozlet and her friend Dee are off gallivanting around. Dee has a cell phone (sozlet doesn't, yet, maybe soon). Another friend, Kay, texted sozlet on the iPod next to me here at home. I saw it but I don't respond to texts directed to sozlet. Kay has my cell phone number too though and after a while texted me to ask where we were. I told her sozlet was out. Kay was sad. Sad (They hadn't seen each other in, like, 14 hours!!)

Sozlet, Kay and Dee are all friends and sozlet and Dee had spent most of the day together yesterday one-on-one, so I texted Dee to ask what they thought about Kay joining them. They were enthusiastic. I told Kay, made sure they all had each others' numbers, and they were off.

Meanwhile Dee was texting me random stuff while things were getting figured out. ("The person ahead of me just ordered FOUR scoops of ice cream!!")

I LOVE being able to communicate with everyone like this. I don't know how long the text-based moment will last but I'm really enjoying it for now.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:10 am
@sozobe,
Glad you're enjoying it.

I like texts for arranging conversations and meetings, but not for imparting detailed or non-essential information. It's actually terrible for that.

Cycloptichorn
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:12 am
@Cycloptichorn,
I started with texts because this incident reminded me, but really what I'm happy about is how text-based communication has become, general -- texts but also email, Facebook, Twitter, forums.... a whole lot of typing/ reading going on.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:17 am
@sozobe,
Often times, I'm able to articulate myself a little more precisely when writing, /c you can take the time to get it right; spoken conversation forces quick decisions over word choice, and when you place a lot of emphasis on the specific quality of your words and their meaning (like I do), that's a constraint.

Cycloptichorn
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:19 am
@sozobe,
And that somewhat fits with my present signature, by David Foster Wallace - not entirely sure what he meant, but I think it was about the noise protecting us from our own thinking by ourselves, from the boredom that can bring play and inventiveness as a recourse.. or maybe he meant that it distracts us from our depression.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:24 am
@ossobuco,
Interesting...

And speaking of mags' thread and not wanting to derail, I looked around a bit at TextFree and while I didn't sign up, I think what happens is that it functions through your email inbox. New texts show up as email, and then you reply to that email to send a text back.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:30 am
@sozobe,
Thanks!

I haven't looked yet since I know a2k is going to have a change the servers stop, and then I'll go through typical a2k deprivation status, so I'm making the most of it while it's still cooking.
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chai2
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:51 am
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:

I looked around a bit at TextFree and while I didn't sign up, I think what happens is that it functions through your email inbox. New texts show up as email, and then you reply to that email to send a text back.


soooo....doesn't that make it.....email?
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:54 am
@chai2,
Pretty much, but email that goes to the recipient's cell phone.

In mags' thread we were talking about how the under-30 generation likes to text and nothing but text (even email is so passe).

So this is win-win -- looks like email to osso, looks like texting to her niece.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:02 pm
@sozobe,
And I assume I'll be limited for the number of letters (spaces) I get to type. This will be hard for ms. motor fingers.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:13 pm
@ossobuco,
Not necessarily -- check with her about whether she's charged for incoming texts. If not, then there shouldn't be a problem -- they should just be automatically split up. (As in if there is a 200-character limit and your message is 600 characters long, it should automatically split into three texts.)

I'm speculating though, need to try it to see.

If you want a text number to practice on lemme know and I'll PM you my number.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:14 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
I LOVE being able to communicate with everyone like this. I don't know how long the text-based moment will last but I'm really enjoying it for now.


Been thinking about this and you for a while now (basically ever since I put youtube in bbcode and realized the accessibility implications). The internet and mobile are going to get less "texty" but until the input/output paradigms completely change (e.g. if people start talking to their computers more instead of using keyboards) I think tech will still be dominated by text.

Google's gotten scary-good at speech recognition etc, and video and photos are surging (think apps like Facetime, or how video chat will be a cornerstone of Google's coming social network) but text is gonna be very hard to overthrow in the tech world as long as computers remain poor at collecting non-textual input (and the way Google solves this is a way that can't be done easily client-side).

I like the text world too. I'm glad technology for video and audio is improving but almost always get frustrated at gratuitous use of it. For example a Google employee, Matt Cutts, likes doing video answers instead of text answers. He says it's because it's faster and I can see that (though I think there's a wee bit of narcissism in that usually humble guy too) but I invariably find it annoying that I have to listen to the answers by audio instead of consume them in text. It's much, much faster to consume by text. It'd probably take 10 seconds to read what he says in a minute or more and he's not have to interrupt my music (woe is he who gets between me and my NIGHTBIRD).
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:16 pm
@sozobe,
Apple is gonna launch an iOS-wide (and apparently iOS-specific, unfortunately) mobile messaging service in the fall. It will be like blackberry messenger, if you are familiar with that, and if you are texting people on iOS it will be very similar to those sms replacements or IM programs (but with key advantages like starting up with the device and consistently running in the background).
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:18 pm
@sozobe,
Thanks, Soz. Go ahead and pm; I'll pm you if I'm going to try it on your number first.
sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:19 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Cool. I'm pretty happy with all current messaging/ texting programs I use, if things will improve further, awesome.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:20 pm
@ossobuco,
PM'ed! No need to warn me though, just go ahead and try and say in the message that it's from you (since you're not in my address book it will appear to be from a phone number that I won't recognize).
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 12:25 pm
@sozobe,
Google Voice will take a voicemail, transcribe it to text, and send the texts to your phone.

About three texts per voicemail, I've found.
dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 05:12 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Quote:
Google's gotten scary-good at speech recognition etc, a


Are you aware of that translating to a program that can be used by someone on a computer to get it to type from dictation?


(Haven't been able to afford Dragon yet...and wondering if there is something better.)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 05:19 pm
@sozobe,
I like texting (now that I can DO it....never really could before my iPhone!)

I have an odd reason though...apart from convenience, which is a bit limited for me as numbers of my friends don't/won't use it....it's because work has made me phone phobic! The sound of a phone ringing just seems to be connected straight to my alarm system now...like Pavlov's dogs, only different.....(I don't salivate, I recoil in dread).

I find a number of colleagues are similar....too many years of too much demand.

Email is getting a bit the same way....since emails are now used whenever they can't get you by phone.

Work only ever texted me about oodna-whoop-whoop , and I am not going there any more.


I also like that texts can be viewed when someone has time, unless you're in the middle of a flurry of them (they were very useful whern Thomas and Tsar and I were trying to find each other near Moma!!!)

They are also great when overseas...you can keep in easy contact with people in remote time zones without waking them.


I can remember how useful it was when Helen's mum got ill....I was able to text the friend who was minding her house to open Helen's emails so that we could communicate with her cheaply. Vive l'iPad on that occasion!

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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 05:24 pm
@Robert Gentel,
What's an iOS?
 

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