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Why we don't get the (text) message Texting is insanely popular overseas, but practically nonexistent in the United States - for now. That just means we'll have to import the best tech from abroad. By Paul Kedrosky, Business 2.0 Magazine August 7, 2006. (I 1st read it at
"Some skeptics think the overseas ardor for SMS is a quirk, somehow tied to a foreign nuttiness for cell phones, but they're wrong. Instead, it's a leading indicator of what will happen in the United States. Rather than substituting for PC-based communication, as it does in poorer countries, mobile messaging Stateside will untether commerce, social networks, and other applications originally tied to PCs. When smart innovators translate services originated abroad to America's cell phones, we'll really get the message"
My Thoughts On Why We (The U.S) Don't Get The (Text) Message. August 08, 2006 Justin Oberman on mopocket

Antevisão Estudo Obercom – SMS uma forma diferente de comunicação no Natal by Maria do Carmo Gomes Obercom (Dic, 2006) "dos portugueses que têm telemóvel (3/4 da população nacional), são cerca de metade os que passaram a enviar as mensagens de Boas Festas através de SMS ou MMS (48,8%)."

Instant msg-ing messes with grammar? As if! lol! Teens adopting unique linguistic shorthand but not ruining syntax. Jul 31/06.University of Toronto
“Everybody thinks kids are ruining their language by using instant messaging, but these teens’ messaging shows them expressing themselves flexibly through all registers,” says Sali Tagliamonte. “They actually show an extremely lucid command of the language. We shouldn’t worry.”
(found it at: Texting helps teens' grammar, also on the subjetc: Sci-Tech Today and The Globe & Mail.)

Barkhuus, Louise and Anna Vallgarda. Saying it All in 160 Characters: Four Classes of SMS Conversations IT University of Copenhagen, April 2004.
"SMS use supplies users with a comforting social presence while it aids to control negative associations with availability. Secondly, SMS changes our group’s lifestyle and behavior to a much higher degree than other communication technologies. On the basis of these findings we present a model separating between four types of communication facilitated by SMS. The model describes the novel aspects of instant text communication and aims to inform the design of future communication technologies."

Herring, Susan C. Indiana University, USA. Slouching toward the ordinary: current trends in computer-mediated communication. new media & society
Copyright © 2004 SAGE Publications London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi. Vol6(1):26–36
DOI: 10.1177/1461444804039906

Jaana Hujanen and Sari Pietikäinen. Interactive Uses of Journalism: Crossing Between Technological Potential and Young People’s News-Using PracticesNew Media Society, Jun 2004; 6: 383 - 401.

Reid, Donna and Fraser Reid. Insights into the Social and Psychological Effects of SMS Text Messaging University of Plymouth
Preliminary findings of a four-year study into the social and psychological aspects of SMS text-messaging.

Thurlow, Crispin. Generation Txt? The sociolinguistics of young people's text-messaging**. DAOL.
The so called 'net generation' is popularly assumed to be naturally media literate and to be necessarily reinventing conventional linguistic and communicative practices. With this in mind, this essay centres around discursive analyses ...

Gender differences in social network development via mobile phone text messages: A longitudinal study. Tasuku Igarashi,Jiro Takai,Toshikazu Yoshida. Nagoya University Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 22, No. 5, 691-713 (2005)
DOI: 10.1177/0265407505056492 © 2005 SAGE Publications (wish list)

See you Online. Gender Issues in College Student Use of Instant Messaging. Naomi S. Baron. American University. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 4, 397-423 (2004) DOI: 10.1177/0261927X04269585 © 2004 SAGE Publications
This article offers a linguistic profile of American college student IM conversations. In addition to analyzing conversational scaffolding and lexical issues, the article identifies gender divergences in IM usage.

Txting: the end of civilization (again)? Victoria Carrington. The University of Plymouth, UK. Cambridge Journal of Education.Volume 35, Number 2 (June 2005). Pages: 161 - 175. Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group DOI: 10.1080/03057640500146799
"This paper begins with the author's recent participation in an Australian radio interview on the topic of SMS txting. It takes this as an entry point for an analysis and discussion of the discourses around txting to be found in a series of newspaper articles and taken up in the radio interview. Moving on from the initial analysis, the paper addresses some of the underlying tensions that come into play as new technologies and new literacies are taken up by young people and move with them into classrooms with existing institutional traditions around text and literacy." (wish list)

Texts and literacies of the Shi Jinrui. Victoria Carrington.The University of Queensland Australia. British Journal of Sociology of Education.Volume 25, Number 2 (April 2004). Pages: 215 - 228. Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/0142569042000205109
"In post-industrial societies saturated with the multimodal texts of consumer culture--film, computer games, interactive toys, SMS, email, the internet, television, DVDs--young people are developing literacy skills and knowledge in and for a world significantly changed from that of their parents and educators. Given this context, this paper seeks to demonstrate the necessity of rethinking and extending traditional notions of text and literacy, and consider the social and cultural implications of such a shift."

SMS on the News

Americans get texting as SMS finally catches on . Yhea! (August 30,
"After years of lagging behind Europe and Japan in the adoption of mobile text messaging, US subscribers have finally caught the SMS bug, reports the FT."

Texts to reveal 'Whodunnit' (August, 10. 2006 Eurekalert)
Psychologists at the University of Leicester are to investigate texting language to provide new tools for criminal investigation.
"As texting is both a relatively new mode of communication and a particularly informal way of using language, there is not a strong expectation that texters will follow linguistic conventions. This freedom therefore allows for significant individual differences in text messaging style, and this can be used to identify the text's authors."

Skype Goes SMS May 18. 2006 Kolabora
Skype 2.5 now enables you to send SMS to any mobile phone in the world

SMS Text Messaging Social Networking = Swarming (Microsoft Research) March 21, 2006.
Swarm is similar to an email distribution list, but on a mobile phone.

Burns, Enid. "Teens, College Students Are Most Active Cell Phone Users." Click Z Network, August 29, 2005.

"Linked By Their Phones, Chinese Take to the Streets.", April 25, 2005.

Clements, Tom. "SMS - Short But Sweet."

Coll, Steve. "In the Gulf, Dissidence Goes Digital." Washington Post, March 29, 2005.

Dybwad, Barb. "Morse Code Trumps SMS in Head-to-Head Speed Texting Combat." Engadget, May 6, 2005.

Dybwad, Barb. "Only 25 Percent of Americans Using SMS." Engadget, March 21, 2005.

"Lecturer May Sue After SMS Sacking." Independent Online, September 13, 2005.

"Al via la gara di barzellette via SMS" Cellularmania, 14 aprile 2006

SMS History

SMS a little history. Textually org.

First with the message. The Guardian. Saturday March 16, 2002. Interview: Cor Stutterheim, executive chairman, CMG