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Tripod – txt msgs

Written By: Youki on December 23, 2008 7 Comments

My wife and I were looking at cell phone plans and commenting on how our current plan (that we got back when text messaging was brand new) charges us $1 per text message which is pretty high (but we pay $50 for 2 lines which is pretty low).  Made me think of this video:


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7 Responses to “Tripod – txt msgs”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 25 December 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Totally laugh out loud funny! Thanks for posting it!

  2. Youki on: 28 December 2008 at 2:45 am

    From today’s NYT:

    What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting

    summary: from 2005 to 2008, the price of text messages has doubled from 10 cents to 20 cents, while the volume of text messages has increased by ten. Text messages are “free riders” — due to their small data size, operational costs are mostly covered by the network infrastructure. “It doesn’t cost the carrier much more to transmit a hundred million messages than a million.”

    Hopefully public awareness of the true cost of texting will cause a drop in rates. I’m looking forward to actually implementing my twitter feed of FIT!

    perhaps we’ll eventually see students in a lecture hall texting the professor questions instead of raising their hands (I’m sure that’s happening somewhere). That would be interesting to see, a sort of “digital wall” that acts as a real-life interface between interlocutors.

  3. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 December 2008 at 5:12 am

    You know, it’s always amazed me how expensive text messaging in the US is…it was quite a shock to the system for me, having relied on SMSing so much in India and in Indonesia. Presently there’s like one person in the world who texts me, and he’s in Italy, and it’s like once a fortnight or so, though in the past I’ve had occasion to text more often with others.

    Good thing about texting, you know, there’s no attendant withdrawal if I text less or not at all, though curtailing emailing nearly kills me.

    Twitter feed of FIT…heh…I am deeply suspicious of your seriousness about this-I am not sure you’re even on Twitter (and if you are, add me). Ha ha.

    Last scenario: heh, maybe we shoulda tried that in the W&T class?

  4. Youki on: 28 December 2008 at 3:34 pm

    heh I think with the size of W&T (Writing and Technology course – around 12 students) the normal dialogue format would have worked better. Plus you saw how focused we were when we had our online chat class!

    It would be really cool to have a huge screen up behind a professor in a large lecture hall and have it show little pop-up bubbles of people’s text messages. perhaps too distracting, though. I wonder how digitally interactive large lecture halls will be 5, 10, 20 years from now.

  5. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 December 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Oh I totally forgot the chat session…yes, that was quite chaotic, huh…but that was meant to be free flowing, unstructured. Imagine that we have a structured session, where the prof says send your questions, they’re placed on a queue as the prof is speaking or whatever (you’d have to rely on the students to make sure they’re not texting others during that time): it would be more unidirectional in that context, and would probably work better. The prof could attend to questions chronologically in the queue? I don’t really see the point-but it could be fun I guess.

    Pop up bubbles? Very pretty, very distracting. 🙂

    Are we gonna have FIT predictions for 2009?

  6. Youki on: 28 December 2008 at 6:56 pm

    >Are we gonna have FIT predictions for 2009?

    better get cracking you only have 3 days to write the post!

  7. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 December 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Hey it’s not me it’s you! You brought it up!!!!!


    Alright, let’s hear it from Oracle Youki!

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