Text Messaging Speed Record Broken, Try to Beat It Yourself

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I'm a pretty fast texter, even with the iPhone. So, when I saw that Melissa Thompson of Great Britain crushed the standing world record, I wanted to see how close I really was to greatness. Apparently, there is a gold-standard set of words to test these sorts of things. Here it is:

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.

Thompson whipped out that message in 25.94 seconds, shaving more than 9 seconds off the previous record best. (This has not yet been verified by Guinness.)

Just looking at the words, it didn't seem out of the question that I'd get close to at least the old record. So I fired up a flash stopwatch and tried it myself on my phone (landscape, two hands). Turns out, it's much harder than you'd think.

My personal best? 53 seconds (with one error). I'd love to know where I rank among the community here.


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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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