Woman smashes text messaging world record using Swype app

by Knowlton Thomas

swypeUsing a smartphone app called Swype, 27-year-old Melissa Thompson destroyed the previous world record for texting, set just this past March by Franklin Page, 24.

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This is the message Franklin texted in 35.54 seconds months ago, and Melissa texted in a remarkable 25.94 seconds using Swype. Both Franklin and Melissa used Samsung devices.

But this record is likely to be broken before Guinness even makes it official, now that others see how significant the speed improvement is using the app—and Swype is apt to see a boost in downloads too.

Swype Inc.
Seattle, Washington, United States

Swype is a new method to enter text on screens which enables users to type 30+ words per minute on handheld devices with virtually no learning curve. Swype was created by one of the original inventors of T9 which has been installed on over 4 billion phones worldwide. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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