What text messaging will look like 20 years from now

Global TV talks to expertIP about how we communicate in short forms today, and what the future will hold. Watch the 1.5 min clip

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When I was asked by Global TV to talk about the 20th anniversary of text messaging earlier this week, I was asked what the future would hold. It was an easier question to answer than it might sound. In a word: video.

To be clear, I don’t think text messaging has necessarily peaked. There is still a significant portion of the population who don’t text, but may consider it as smarpthone use becomes more deeply entrenched. Texting could still hold some place in corporate environments as a way to provide updates between distributed team members. We don’t usually think about it when we talk about unified communciations, but we probably should.

In the clip below I appear at the end, where I follow a number of people who discuss the good and bad side of the texting phenomenon:

 

What didn’t make it on TV is my notion that human nature demands we get as close to having face-to-face conversations as possible, and video calling, which will become more prevelant on smartphones in the next few years, is a way to do that. However the ability to convey numbers or other details via text means there will still be value in typing with our thumbs for at least the next couple of decades. I actually wonder if there might be a mixture of the two, something that would create a new kind of user experience. Stay tuned.

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5 Comments

  1. On the human nature angle, it seems that communications technology has us down a path to more communicating. To be certain faster and more frequent, but also more abbreviated and not necessarily any more effective. For this reason I wonder about the form of video that will evolve – likely some sort of short-hand I imagine.

    Jeff / 8 years ago
    • That’s a really good point. As much as it makes me cringe, I wonder if we would start to see some sort of sign language of gestures or expressions that people would make via video that would replace “LOL” or “TTYL?”

      Shane Schick / 8 years ago
  2. Twenty years is a long time in technology! To put things in perspective, Facebook and Twitter did not exist ten years ago.

    My views on texting: As a stand alone mode of communication, it will disappear. It will only be required when visual communication is not an option. Even then, apps like “speech to text” will be used to bypass the act of typing out messages. Most folks would have forgotten how to spell…

    Dax Nair / 8 years ago
    • Unfortunately, I would say many have already forgotten how to spell, but I take your point. I guess we’ll find out who’s right in a couple of decades!

      Shane Schick / 8 years ago

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