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Text, Text, Text?.!!!

Text, Text, Text….!!!

“Hey, where are you?”

“Open the gate.”

“I am in meeting”

We can say Texting is the modern phenomenon. Texting has its own language, its own etiquette and its own humor. Texting was never originally envisioned as a means of communication between individuals, it was originally conceived as having commercial use or possibly as a service of mobile phones. The very first text message was sent in December 1992. Texting became available commercially during the 90s. Between then and now its huge surge in popularity has taken everyone by surprise.

There are the short messages that increasingly form the bulk of human interaction. But if you think it is big in USA or China, take a look at rest of the world. From banking to health care, from business to education texting is reshaping every aspects of how humans live. In developing countries, 2 in 3 people have mobile phone subscription. 48 million people worldwide have cell phones but no electricity. (Often charging their phones using their car batteries). By 2012, 1.7 billion people will have cell phones but no bank account. Cell Phones subscription outpace bank accounts in many countries.

Texting is the number 1 most used Data Service in the world. There are 4.2 billion texters worldwide. That’s 3 out of 4 humans on the earth and it is more than the population of entire world in 1975. It is 5 times more than the number of Facebook users and it is 4 times more than the number of monthly Google users. In 2010, 6.1 trillion texts were sent worldwide. That’s 193,430 texts sent per second and it is increased 338% from 2007. According to Nielsen, the average teen sends about 10 SMS per hour during the day. That is roughly 3,000 messages a month per teen. Nielsen also says that this rate of texting results in somewhere over 3000 text per month, per teen, on average. This means that nearly half of every day is texting time for these people which assuming that they sleep at all, means that they're either texting steadily all day or a ton during after-school hours. As text messaging rise, talking on the phone falls. In 2007, the average cell phone conversation was 3.13 minutes, a decade long high. In 2009, the average had dropped to 2.03 minutes, which is the lowest average since this data was tracked.

Case Studies : Around the Globe, texting for good :-

Afghanistan:- Police officers received a 36% of boost in their salary. In 2009, NATO launched a pilot program to deliver Afghani Police Officers their salaries by phone, thwarting corrupt middlemen that had been pilfering large portions of paychecks.

Ghana and Nigeria:- As many as 1 in 4 pills sold in poor countries are counterfeit. They developed a system that lets Ghanaians and Nigerians text a code from their medicine wrapper to a database that tells them whether or not it is real.

Philippines:- 87% of Philippians prefer communicating with their government by text messaging. Former president (2001 to 2010) Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo set up texting lines for 54 government agencies, TXTGMA. People can report crime, drug activity and general complaints by text messaging. Today, the Philippines is often called "the texting capital of the world."

Kenya:- In Kenya families` incomes rose 5% to 30%. 13 million means 1 in 3 Kenyans, use the mobile banking service M- Pesa, which lets users transfer money, recieve salaries and pay bills via text messaging.

It isn`t only this type of countries` story. Governments in South Africa, and Indonesia have launched similar services, some of which are remarkably creative. In Malaysia, flood warnings are sent by text via automatic water-level sensors. In India, citizens can check their application status for various certificates by SMS, shouldering out bribe-seeking middlemen. New and surprising programs seem to be launching all the time. Nokia's "Ovi Life Tools" offer agricultural, educational, and health information via SMS in India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and China.

In May 2011, Coca-Cola's Director of International Media, Gavin Mehrotra, announced that "SMS is [our] number one priority" in mobile marketing. A mobile analyst called it "a true bombshell announcement" that shocked the large marketing conference at which it was made.

With mobile money, the possibilities multiply. Are there services that help list and sell products via SMS? Pay taxes by SMS? Buy clean water at mobile-payment vending machines? Buy movie tickets via SMS? How about having an insurance payout sent directly to mobiles based on automated rainfall measurements? That's been done, too. Just think what would be possible if smart phones and even tablet computers become as cheap and common in all over the world as mobile phones are today.

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Abhaykirti Ramawat


Madhya Pradesh ,  INDIA

I am a student. Pursuing post graduation in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Ujjain (MP).  I am an optimistic team worker, friendly, flexible. A person with creative mind, who always wants to do something new and challenging work.

I have basic knowledge of photoshop and I am very much comfortable in working with net. I read books and write blogs. Other than these I take interest in Bicycling, Movies, Photography, Cricket and Making Ice Cream.

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