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Paul’s tech post - Valentine’s Day edition

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2007

Nowadays text message is gaining ground as the electronic method of choice for delivering quick notes. And why not, it is easy, efficient, and almost everyone has the technology.

Today, Valentine’s Day, is a testament to the reach of the much used tool

According to calculations by VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, a record 725 million mobile messages, including text messages, are expected to be sent and received across carriers and mobile application providers on Valentine’s Day 2007 in North America alone. […]

Valentine’s Day has traditionally been the busiest day of the year for mobile messages.

Simple messages are only the start of it. The modern-day Romeo now has a plethora of virtual love arrows at his disposal.

The Text-Me service will even send amorous verses penned by a poet to the object of your affection.

Users will be able to send Valentine picture messages available on the Vodafone site or even post an online message to their loved one which will appear on a giant screen in Piccadilly Circus, above the statue of Eros.

“The discrete nature of text means you are never restricted from having private communication while in a public place,” said David Taylor, Orange’s Vice-President of Marketing.

There are countless websites that offer short, cheesy, pre-written messages.

Talk about lazy. “Sorry honey, I don’t have time to talk or think of a 5 word message myself.” Geez.

The “tech age” offers other means of sending Valentine’s Day love:

…Cingular created a Valentine’s Day shop offering dozens of love songs for download as ring tones for $1.99, including Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” or Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me.”

A love story in the electronic age…

Alex Treviño, 40, KSAT 12 news editor, exchanges nearly 500 text messages monthly with his girlfriend, Cherry Oclima, 33. She travels frequently so he gave her a Web camera and a Bluetooth wireless headset. The two even met on the Internet. […]

On Valentine’s Day, she’ll be in California so they plan to celebrate via Web cameras and instant messages.

Anyone else spreading electronic affection on this special day?

[Edited slightly for length and reposted because of a tech problem. Ironic, eh? Also, Rich didn’t write this, despite the author name below. Paul wrote it.]

- Posted by Rich Miller        


10 Comments
  1. - Levois - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 11:55 am:

    There’s always Facebook. ;)


  2. - The Horse - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 1:23 pm:

    my 82 year old dad sent me an electronic val msg.. very neat


  3. - Punky QB - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 1:30 pm:

    I always like to end the evening with a post-last call “you awake?” the ladies love that. love it!


  4. - AG - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 1:54 pm:

    punky QB - not all of us love it. stop texting me.


  5. - Punky QB - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 3:08 pm:

    ag,

    well played. so you have been getting those. i thought so. i wish that they had technology that would put drunk texts in italics or something so the recipient would know the deal. sorry.


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 3:31 pm:

    Is this a blog romance rendered asunder by drunk texting, AG and PQB?


  7. - AG - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 4:15 pm:

    he had me at ‘R U home? i’m w8ing outside’ …


  8. - Punky QB - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 4:47 pm:

    so it’s cute when matthew perry or some bozo does it in the movies, but creepy in real life? come on! let’s render this thing ’sunder’ one more time ag. ttyl.


  9. - B Hicks - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 5:02 pm:

    I have two loves in my life. Big city living and a voodoo woman named Phyllis.

    Ciao, Roberto

    P.S. A testament to the reach of the much used tool???????? Happy V day.


  10. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 14, 07 @ 7:44 pm:

    I feel like I’m reading the script for a really bad cross between a Hugh Grant movie and Brokeback Mountain.


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