Text messaging is down in the US

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Text Messaging is down in the US – says one report – in this week’s Regalix Roundup.

Text messaging is on decline in US, says report

Technology and consulting firm Chetan Sharma has released a Q3 report indicating that the number of text messages and texting revenue is less than the previous quarter. The average number of text messages sent from a single user has dropped by less than 2.9 percent, from 696 to 678 messages, between Q2 and Q3 2012. Possible explanations for the decrease in texting revenue may be attributed to free texting between identical mobile platforms (Apple’s iOS users) and messaging through social networking sites.

CTIA, the wireless trade association, has reported different results, identifying a 3 percent increase in the quantity of text messages within the first half of 2012.

Source: NBC News

Facebook Tests Ranked Comments To Boost Engagement

Facebook has begun testing a new format to it comments feature, organizing comments on brand & subscriber pages by placing the most engaging comments at the top of a post. Users will now be able to directly reply to comments – versus tagging the user in a separate comment. Similar to Reddit’s engagement format, Facebook’s experiment will allow the social networking giant to promote the most engaging content and further discussions around popular posts & topics.

Source: Mashable.

In addition, Facebook has launched a couples pages for registrants who are listed as “in a relationship,” “engaged,” or “married” to each other. These pages contain photos, posts, and timeline events that are shared among the couple. Users can access their couples page by typing in the url facebook.com/us.

Source: CNN

Microsoft’s Surface has “modest” start: Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has qualified the Surface’s launch sales as “modest” due to limited availability.

“We’ve had a modest start because Surface is only available on our online retail sites and a few Microsoft stores in the United States,” said Ballmer in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien.

Ballmer also stated that, within three days of the Surface’s release, four million upgrades to Windows 8 were sold.

Source: Reuters (via Yahoo News)

 

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