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Getting Librarians to Catch Up to Teens

Getting Teens Beyond Textin'

"Up until June of last year, teenagers, who are more apt to try new technology, were an anomaly in the wireless world, especially when it came to text messaging. Though 60 percent of all Virgin Mobile USA customers send texts, averaging about 25 messages a month per user, overall U.S. appetite for wireless messaging and other forms of wireless data has been extremely tepid.

But the cumulative effect from dramatic cuts in prices and the spread of Internet connections to all phones, is finally making basic offerings, such as short text messaging and downloadable ring tones, more mainstream.

Revenue from Short Message Service overall in the United States will reach 1 billion dollars this year, according to various industry estimates. In a sign texting has gone mass market, in June 2004, there were 2.8 billion messages sent from U.S. cell phones, compared with the 2.8 million sent in June 2003." [CNET]

It took a while to get going, but going it is. We're catching up with the rest of the world, and it's not just kids doing it.

Can these kids text your library or access any of your services this way? Because they can get answers via text messaging from Google, you know....

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