25.1.06

Oyayubizoku!, redux

The world's first fastest SMSer (read: text-messaging freak) has been dethroned by another Singaporean. The new record is 43.24 seconds for punching in the following text without spelling aids or predictive text:
The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.
I took about 90 seconds on my first try ever, and I should point out that this was the first time I'd ever tried to key in such a long message without using the T9 dictionary and that my Nokia N70 doesn't have the most ergonomic buttons for entering text in the first place.

My theory is that as long as the test doesn't change, all it takes is a good phone for SMSing --- i.e. one of the older, chunkier Nokia models that had generously sized and truly touch-sensitive buttons --- and some diligent practice to be able to break the 60-second barrier. After that, it's just a matter of giving into one's inner oyayubizoku obsession and practising practising practising ...

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At 1/26/2006 12:46 am , Blogger Postmaster-General said...

Wait? People actually do this? The other day my friends in St Louis were saying how fast I type, but I was using a T9, so I'm guessing they're even slower on T9 than me.

Now if only we could get it included into the Olympics.

 
At 1/26/2006 10:08 am , Blogger trisha said...

My friend in the UK has never heard of T9. She's often amazed at how fast I replied her SMSes.

Singapore - world-beater in SMSing! Another first!

 
At 1/26/2006 6:34 pm , Blogger Tym said...

I suspect from anecdotal evidence that Singaporeans are second only to the Japanese in terms of how much we SMS and love to SMS.

 

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