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How Cell Phones Would Have Changed Famous Stories

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Romeo & Juliet

Juliet (21:34) – Im gunna pretend 2 b dead but im not going to rly b dead lol 😉

Romeo (21:36) – Kk luv u

The Little Mermaid

Ariel (14:23) – Hey, I’m Ariel. Sry I can’t talk but a sea witch stole my voice. Its a total bummer (long story), anyway the only way i can talk again is if you kiss me. I get that that’s a lot of pressure and like you dont have to do anything you dont wanna do but just letting you know thats why i cant talk :/ So like think it over it can just be like a quick peck then we can chat idk w/e.

Prince Eric (14:26) – Kk i gotchu

Ariel (14:27) – Lol thx so much!

Fight Club

Jack (19:55) – Hey Tyler, wassup?

Self (19:55) – Hey Tyler, wassup?

Jack (19:57) – Wtf it’s saying that I’m just texting myself?

Self (19:57) – Wtf it’s saying that I’m just texting myself?

It’s A Wonderful Life

Mary (19:20) – Hey, idk where u went but come back everyone is giving us money $$$ cha-ching!

George (19:21) – Omg that’s gr8! Ok omw back home!

Twelfth Night

Sebastian (10:06): Hey, I’m still alive. In this place called Illyria? Where u @?

Viola (10:13): Bro, same! Phew, I almost had to dress up like a man to get a job working for a duke or something. KK let’s meet by the docks and get out of here.

Finding Nemo

Marlin (9:13) – Where r u?

Nemo (9:42) – A dentist’s office in Sydney.

Marlin (9:44) – UGH ok I’m coming to get u.

Nemo (9:48) – How r we texting we live in water? Also we are fish?

The Odyssey

Odyssey (22:24) – Still detained on an island by a witch 😦

Penelope (22:27) – Alright I’ll keep waiting… Thx for checking in

Canterbury Tales

The Prioress: “So yeah, that’s my tale you guys! Did you like it?”

The Wife of Bath: “Sorry I was texting and missed it :/”

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The Snaption: How Texting Became Old-Fashioned

 

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In the ever-evolving landscape of cellular communication, texting has been the most stable tried-and-true method of interaction for the past decade. Texting has been so prevalent that much of today’s youth will actively avoid phone calls in order to text information instead. Some teens may even forget that cell phones can make calls.

While texting continues to beat out its challengers — Facebook messager, Twitter, Skype, among others — one newcomer has put up a fight that could have texting go the way of HeyTell (remember when that was a thing?).

Originally, SnapChat sounded skeezy: Sending pictures to other people that will disappear after a few seconds and be impossible to retrieve? What could that be used for other than sexting? But as it’s popularity grew, the creators realized the broad appeal their app actually had, and began to tailor it for more diverse uses. Filters, new doodling colors, and new text options were added, along with making snaps easier to screenshot. But the most important feature on SnapChat is what I have termed the Snaption™ (I didn’t actually trademark this, but I probably should).

The snaption is the semi-transparent bar of text that allows users to enter somewhere between 30 and 80 characters (depending on character-length) to their photos before they are sent. Without the snaption, SnapChat would lose most of its communicative ability. Sure, sometimes people will scribble words using the doodle option, but they often come out only semi-legible and take a lot or time and concentration to complete.

Thanks to the snaption, many young SnapChat users have turned to the app to send messages they would normally text to their friends, since SnapChat also taps into the vanity of what I think can be safely referred to as “the selfie generation.” Not only does it give ex-texters an excuse to take more selfies, but it also provides more room for creativity as well as the capacity to quickly respond to news with only a facial expression rather than using words at all.

In the end, no I don’t think SnapChat will totally replace texting, which is already universal and clearly more professional, but I also don’t think SnapChat is going anywhere anytime soon.