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Texting World Record Broken Using Swype

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A British woman is now the fastest "texter" thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S and Swype.

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."

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    Prince_Porter , August 24, 2010 12:31 AM
    She's not the fastest texter in the world, she's the fastest person who's bothered to step up to the plate and make such a claim.
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    Spanky Deluxe , August 24, 2010 2:29 AM
    cruiseoverideTook me 33.6s to do it on a PC keyboard.


    Maybe you should hit up some Mavis Beacon.
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    Prince_Porter , August 24, 2010 12:31 AM
    She's not the fastest texter in the world, she's the fastest person who's bothered to step up to the plate and make such a claim.
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    bsbsbsbs , August 24, 2010 12:32 AM
    I must admit Swype is ultra fast and superior to the standard way of texting. Since I turned it on when I got my Galaxy S I have not turned it off.
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    cruiseoveride , August 24, 2010 1:11 AM
    Took me 33.6s to do it on a PC keyboard.
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    FrozenGpu , August 24, 2010 1:58 AM
    eklipz330hey retard, did you even read the article? no? didn't think so.


    Prince_Porter actually did read it...

    "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."

    So as far as technicalities go she isn't, and it's really just a marketing pitch.
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    Hupiscratch , August 24, 2010 2:00 AM
    Prince_PorterShe's not the fastest texter in the world, she's the fastest person who's bothered to step up to the plate and make such a claim.


    And, in life, that´s sufficient to claim you´re the best.
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    Fetal , August 24, 2010 2:21 AM
    Already knew that. Kevin is slow...
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    Spanky Deluxe , August 24, 2010 2:29 AM
    cruiseoverideTook me 33.6s to do it on a PC keyboard.


    Maybe you should hit up some Mavis Beacon.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 24, 2010 2:43 AM
    Fastest person who has gone there and been tested. Definitely a good piece of software, no?
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    BulkZerker , August 24, 2010 2:53 AM
    HupiscratchAnd, in life, that´s sufficient to claim you´re the best.


    And get slapped with a dipstick because your a liar, Jimmy.
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    nebun , August 24, 2010 3:20 AM
    ...and how does this help the woman???
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    calmstateofmind , August 24, 2010 3:25 AM
    cool new technology, irrelevant article topic.
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    burnley14 , August 24, 2010 3:33 AM
    No matter if she's the fastest in the world or not, that's really fast. I didn't even come close on my phone (granted it does not have Swype)
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    Trialsking , August 24, 2010 5:02 AM
    BulkZerkerAnd get slapped with a dipstick because your a liar, Jimmy.


    Now thats think with your dipstick , Jimmy!
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    infodan , August 24, 2010 8:44 AM
    had an app called SlideIT on my nokia 5800 for 4 or 5 months that does the same thing, it did improve my texting speed but then i've never been one to use "text speak". had to disable it because there was issues with completing web forms (app took over the keyboard for everything).
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    coffeewow , August 24, 2010 8:53 AM
    Of course with an Android phone you can just speak that long sentence in but good luck getting it right the first time.
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    nuvon , August 24, 2010 5:50 PM
    If they are offering $100,000 or more for the fastest person, I am in.
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    grieve , August 24, 2010 11:03 PM
    nuvonIf they are offering $100,000 or more for the fastest person, I am in.

    I agree, i just tried and am not close to 25 seconds BUT i bet i could challenge 25 seconds with a little practice. after you type that sentance a few (20+) times it would be FAST.

    Hats off to her though, 25 seconds is realy quick, took me 45'ish.
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2010 11:05 PM
    i just did it with Swype and a Droid X in 18.5 seconds. I even deleted the customer dictionary before I started but Swype auto-completed most of the words.
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    Gin Fushicho , August 25, 2010 2:20 AM
    Jeez... would have taken me a good 3-5 minutes to punch that in.
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