Texting: stop and think about what you’re saying

I’ve been getting into TED talks a lot recently. Today, this presentation from John McWhorter caught my eye. It’s about the modern use of words and how texting isn’t, contrary to popular belief, killing the English language because it’s more representative of speech than writing.

At 5:01, John says: “texting is very loose in its structure. No one thinks about capital letters or punctuation when one texts.” He then goes on to describe texting as “fingered speech,” exploring the idea of writing in the way we talk.

But John’s wrong. I think about capital letters when texting. I also consider full stops, sentence structure, and avoiding repeated words. In fact, when it comes to texting, I go the distance, and I can’t be the only one.

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Whose live stream is it anyway?

Whose live stream is it anyway?

About eight years ago, while still at secondary school, I was hooked on the idea of creating YouTube content for a living. I set up a gaming channel where I’d include live audio commentary (in the sense that I would talk at the same time as capturing the game footage, it wasn’t recorded afterwards) or post-edit my face, via webcam, into the corner of the video to add that human aspect. It’s quite common now, less so back then.

My YouTube channel did pretty well. In less than six months I’d gathered up 2,000 subscribers and around 400,000 views. I’d started to see value in monetising videos through AdSense and had clocked up about 50 quid as a result of my efforts.

But then I packed it all in.

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Stephen King on writing

“If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.”

Two New Year’s Resolutions

I know, I know. It’s 11 days late. But I’ve been thinking a lot about New Year’s resolutions this past week.

A few in the office have vowed to quit drinking or smoking (or at least cut it down) in 2015. Others have signed up for an expensive gym membership that I’m sure they’ll regret come February. Yet while these are mostly good and worthy goals, they’re not my style.

It’s taken me a while, but instead of following the curve I’ve come up with two goals that I think will make a real difference to me over the next 12 months.

Here’s what I’ve got:

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Wire and the current state of mobile messaging

The mobile messaging market is already bursting at the seams. From WhatsApp to WeChat, there are literally hundreds of these apps vying for consumer attention and a place in the limelight. And this week another one joined the crowd.

Wire is brilliant. It’s a real breath of fresh air in terms of mobile messaging and the user interface is infinitely better than anything else currently on the market. But I still don’t think it’ll be a runaway success.

I’ve written an in-depth piece about the launch of Wire on App Connect Europe. Click here to read the full article.

A quote to live by

“You are not your job and you are not the clothes you wear; you are the words that leave your mouth so speak up, speak up loud.”

What’s up with horror games these days?

I had high hopes for The Evil Within. I’d been watching the game’s development since the beginning, feeding on the slow trickle of news updates while waiting anxiously for the release day to arrive. I picked the game up near launch and even used it as an excuse to trade up for a next gen console.

So was it worth it? Yes and no.

I don’t feel like I enjoyed The Evil Within, I simply endured it.

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I’m Andy Eldridge, a London-based PR consultant working with clients across the tech, media, and telecoms sectors.

Outside work I run App Connect Europe, a blog focused on the European app development scene. I’m also working on my first novel and offer remote copywriting and marketing support.

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