Proof that times have changed: Texting from 20 feet away

Text-based communication is sneaking up on us. Much more than we know.

We've reached an inflection point. I'm not sure what it means, but something has changed.

I was in my home office today and got a text message from my wife asking when I was going on this and that trip. This is significant for two reasons:

  1. My wife isn't big into technology but has embraced texting (especially with her iPhone) and
  2. She was sitting 20 feet away from me.

My wife loves me. (Really.) And yet text-based communication has become easier than voice communication in many instances.

The big question is, now that all of this communication is textual, why aren't we indexing, searching, and repurposing it?

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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