Text Brigade

Jun 15, 2011 by

Long ago, when people agree on a date and time of meetings, the agreement is sealed by virtue of trust and confidence on word-of-honor. A non-appearance of the other party can cause an alarm for suspected abduction, severe illness or worse, death. The use of landline telephone was limited to urgent matters that required detailed description of things as substitute to face-to-face meetings. On occasion, the famed telebabad was in fad particularly among yayas who were fond of requesting songs from the DJ, count them teenagers who had Islacom connections.

But the cellular age revolutionized the whole concept of meeting people where the virtues of trust and word-of-honor prevailed. Nowadays, people can arrange for meetings and can cancel it on the last minute because hey, they can just text. When you ask people through SMS, “What time are we meeting later?” the usual reply would be “text-text”. Nowadays, it’s too difficult to decide on specifics without having to bridge the mum-moment with text-text codecs.

I have embraced this revolution and have been practicing it too. I would find it easy to get in touch with people at any time most convenient to me. When things come up, getting your message across is at the tip of your thumb. It doesn’t matter whether you’re defecating, or in the middle of fornication, or you’re in your deathbed. When you need something sent, you just gotta have a load or unlitext or unlicall and off your message goes. No morse codes required.

This revolutionary culture of text messaging has created sub-cultures so complicated it has become an entirely different sub-world. When engaged in text messaging, we put up a categorized set of consciousness depending on our “business” on a particular message. Is this message addressed to a boss? Is this message intended to flirt? Is this message composed to threat a disliked person? It’s interesting how we behave in the virtual schema of text messaging and much as I am capable of discussing them one-by-one, you have got to pay me to do that.

Question:

1. When you text someone about something light, say, “what’s up for tonight?” and you don’t get a reply, does that mean there’s nothing up tonight? Or does it mean they don’t want you to know what’s up for tonight? Or they just don’t have load?

2. When you compose a lengthy message about something nice, say, “Hi, how are you? My day was quite fun because I went on sale at SM City for the first time. Saved up about a thousand bucks on socks!” and you get a reply that says, “K.” Do I have the right to feel bad about the person and bitch up on her too? Can I post something on her facebook wall that says: I notice your vocabulary is getting more scarce by the day?

3. When you get forwarded messages that are all sexual and lascivious from a former student on a daily basis, what does it mean?

4. When someone requests for a 5-peso pasaload (phone-to-phone remittance), is it alright to say no?

5. Is it ok to advise another texter that abbreviating too much is stupid? I find it boggling why people have to abbreviate when they only typed “Cn u plz frwrd 2 m d myl?” Obviously there’s a lot of space left on the compose pad. Isn’t abbreviation supposed to conserve space?

6. I haven’t even started talking about jejemon yet. That would require a separate blog, for sure.

Sleep-Texting as an alternative to sleep-walking

Consider this article from : http://cbanga360.net

Many Pinoys feel a sense of pride upon learning that the Philippines has been acknowledged the text messaging capital of the world in the past years. It is of no wonder since in one household, almost all members of the family that can read and write, therefore can text, have a cellphone for the purpose.

Consider this:

* PH users sent over 1.39 billion text in the reference year of 2009.

* India which has 220 million cell phone users sent more than 1 billion for the same period (Definitely will surpass PH soon).

* A single PH subscriber sends an average of 600 text messages per month.

* Pinoys send 43% more than SMS users of the US.

* Mobile phone providers stockholders/owners realize an ROI so enticing.

* Average Pinoy user spend more on cell phone loads on a regular basis than buying pan de sal (bread roll) for breakfast at the local bakery store.

* Many would rather text their time away wherever they are, or go.

* Ambulant vendors and the homeless boy living under the Quiapo (Manila) bridge has a cell phone.

But the SMS market is on the verge of a phenomenal change. Fast forward today, the title could be in jeopardy as PH users are turning to social networking sites for messaging instead. The presumption was based on:

* PH telecom companies’ report that SMS messages have been on decline on the year that just ended, with lower traffic than expected during the immediately past Christmas holidays- a traditional peak period for SMS messaging based on previous years.

* People now use online social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter over cell phone for texting.

* Users find social networking online convenient, cost efficient and very accessible.

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