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THX, Fried H

So, ever wonder why you can't write a book when you text? The L.A. Times has an interview with communications researcher Friedhelm Hillebrand, who played a major part in setting the standard 160-character length standard. He's the one to thank for our modern-day haikus.

Texting is one mobile feature that I'd never grasped as far as its importance as a communication tool -- until recently. Texting seemed like a step backward, when you can just as easily dial a number and get direct voice access. My texting days started experimentally at first. About five years ago, I was at a party and a friend called; I couldn't hear over the chatter and the blaring DJ music, so I texted back. Simple enough and worked for the moment, but the work to peck out "I can't hear u" was laborious, so I didn't do much after that.

A phone upgrade later (still no iPhone or Android -- too expensive), one with predictive typing, and I find myself in situations where texting seems more practical (I was at the local casino; let's leave it at that). Now, it's even easier to get the message out that "I'm down a C note" or "I'm 10 minutes away on the I-15." And now Twitter has given me another good excuse to upgrade my text package with my phone service. I'm at http://twitter.com/domingophoto.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 05/04/2009 at 11:59 AM

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