Friday, March 16, 2007

Calling All Thumbs For Text Messaging Championship

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being all thumbs is usually a bad thing – unless you want to be America’s Best Text Messenger.

The world’s first organizing mobile texting championship kicks off March 31 in Hollywood and 192 competitors will be giving each the finger in hopes of winning a $10,000 prize.

Each text messenger will be required to text a pre-selected message with complete words, that are correctly spelled and no slang.

Contest spokeswoman Demetra Kavadeles says that since this is the first contest of its kind, no standards have been set for text message speed.

However, the current world record for texting is a 160-word message in 41.52 seconds.

Kavadeles figures the contest will people who want to test their “text-terity” and suggests they prepare by getting hand massages beforehand, doing yoga exercises and imitating film critic Roger Ebert’s trademark thumbs up hand motion.

The winner of the Hollywood contest will then compete in a national contest being held April 21 in New York and could win an additional $15,000 – and a handshake from the judges.

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