What better way is there to achieve a niche in world history than by landing in the Guinness Book of World Records for typing the fastest text message ever? One 27-year-old British woman has nearly achieved such a feat, beating out the previous world texting champion--24-year-old American Franklin Page--by almost ten seconds.
Melissa Thompson, from Salford, Greater Manchester, texted the following sentence in a mere 25.94 seconds: "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."
Franklin Page previously texted the same message in 35.54 seconds. Wow.
According to Samsung, Thompson was shopping with her boyfriend, Chris Davies, when a company salesperson challenged her to break the world's record using the new Galaxy S smartphone. The device uses Swype technology, allowing the user to "type" messages without lifting a finger.
"With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods--at over 40 words per minute," reads the Swype website. "The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more."
Currently Thompson's record-breaking text message still requires Guinness approval. However despite the texting feat, Thompson admitted that she was somewhat out of practice, as her new job--along with moving in with Davies--has reduced her amount of texting. Previously she wrote 40 to 50 messages a day to Davies alone.
"Since we moved in together and I started my job I haven't been texting as much and, you could say, my fingers were out of shape," she said. "It's a real shock to find out that I'm the fastest texter in the world."