Text-Roulette! The Next Match Maker?
TextSlide was able to estimate the amount of text messages that would’ve been sent throughout 2010. That estimate came in around 6.1 trillion, which is triple the number of text messages sent in 2007. A huge majority of these texts come from you guessed it, American teenagers, who are notorious for the mass quantities of text messaging on a daily basis. So how many texts does the average teen send? Approximately 3,339 per month. Yikes! I sure hope they (or their parents) have an unlimited plan. Although most people these days have smart phones with mobile apps, text messaging will always remain the common ground. This means there will always be room for innovation centered around SMS. Arguably this means there’s lots of opportunity for innovative services to be built around SMS. There is one such recent startup, TextSlide, which is a new text-only service that connects two random people to chat anonymously. This sort of brings me back to the old school days of dialup Internet and using an AOL chat room, asking A/S/L… remember that? Anyway, TextSlide is much like Chatroulette, giving the user the ability to communicate with strangers and “Next!” someone to move on to another random victim if the conversation is too boring. As dangerous as anything like this could ever turn out to be, it does have a safer feel to it, not knowing what the other person on the other end is doing or wearing. Also, your phone number is never displayed to the other anonymous user; only your zip code is. TextSlide was created by a guy named Matt Hunter, whose primary purpose in creating the service was to “cultivate a community via text-messaging, reward those with good behavior (or good conversations perhaps), and potentially help to match people. TextSlide is still in beta, but you can sign up via the website. Hunter is slowing signing up new users, depending on the service’s usage. Have fun!