British Woman Becomes The World’s Fastest Texter

A British woman has smashed the world record for typing the fastest text message using the new ‘Swype’ text entry method, mobile phone makers Samsung have said.

Melissa Thompson breaking the world's fastest texter record in Manchester. Photo: PA

As sms messages go, most of the words will not be in the predictive dictionary and it’s likely to tie your fingers in knots. However, for one British woman, one very special message has brought her more than a simple reply.

Melissa Thompson becomes the world’s fastest texter after sending tongue-twisting 26-word message in just 25 seconds.

The 27 year-old, from Salford, Greater Manchester, managed to write the message “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” in just 25.94 seconds.

Ms Thompson shaved a whopping 9.6 seconds off the world record, although it is still subject to verification by Guinness.

She was using Samsung’s new Galaxy S smartphone when she set the new benchmark. The company said it allows people to send text messages at speeds that were never before possible.

The world texting record was smashed by Ms Thompson using the phone's special 'SWYPE' key pad, which enables users to input text without their fingertip leaving the screen. Photo: Samsung

The official Guinness World Record is currently held by American Franklin Page, 24, who wrote the same message on the same device in 35.54 seconds in March this year.

The record was smashed by Ms Thompson using the phone’s special ‘Swype’ key pad, which enables users to input text without their fingertip leaving the screen.

Ms Thompson was shopping with her boyfriend Chris Davies, 23, when they visited a Samsung roadshow and she was invited to have a go at breaking the record.

She said: “I used to send a lot of text messages – 40 or 50-a-day to Chris alone so we both knew I could type fast. But since we moved in together and I started my job I haven’t been texting as much and, you could say, my fingers were out of shape.”

“It’s a real shock to find out that I’m the fastest texter in the world. But using ‘Swype’ helped. Everyone should give it a go and see how easy it is,” she added. [via Daily Mail (UK) and Daily Telegraph (UK)]

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