Are You A Texter?

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The Early Text

The communication devices over the years have been rapidly increasing and evolving.

Remember when pagers/beepers were really popular?  This was the form of communicating with someone without actually talking to someone.

As a teen when the Pager era blew up, I would remember the hype of Pager Code or Beeper Talk.

Since you can't actually page someone with letters, people around the world developed a code to speak to each other via paging with numbers.

For Example:  143 meant I love you, 43110 spelled out hello.

This era was an early sign of how Texting/Instant Messaging will explode.







As you can see in December 2006 text messaging has increased to 20 billion.  I just saw an updated stat in December 2007 where it increased to 46 billion.

These stats show an increase in texting about 50% or more every year.

Also if you notice the age trend is about the same in the 20% range where EVERYONE young and old is texting.


Why Text

Texting is the most low key and fastest way to communicate information to each other.

Whether your in a busy environment and have to send a message out fast or trying to be low key and send a message out to someone without being noticeable, texting is by far the most simple and effective way to communicate.

I have been noticing more and more lately my clients and referrals text me more than e-mail me now with questions.

Lucky for me I love to text with my Verizon Voyager phone, its so simple!

I didn't realize how much people were just opting to text me more and more lately until my Verizon bill came in and forced me to upgrade to unlimited text messages.

Seems to me a client will opt to just text me "I just faxed over my w2" rather than to call me and say it.



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Scott Hoen - Carson City, NV
VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607

I text out of necessity - my teenager does it all the time and she would rather text me vs. calling.  I have to read and respond.  I use email all the time on computer and blackberry.  I have to figure out how she can text my blackberry so I can respond quickly and easier with typing.

Aug 11, 2008 04:28 AM #15
Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

Justin ~ You bet I text. I text my clients all the time. It is a great way for us to communicate while they are at work.

Aug 11, 2008 07:35 AM #16
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

I text, but I don't really like it! I need to stop trying to reply to someone while I drive!

Aug 11, 2008 11:03 AM #17
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

text messaging can be a great tool.. can do this while in a meeting when you can't talk on the phone to deliver important information

Aug 11, 2008 02:34 PM #18
Rick Tourgee
Robert Paul Properties, Inc. - Provincetown, MA
Provincetown and Cape Cod

Justin- I do text.  I just upgraded to the new IPhone 3G.  The Iphone makes it so easy to e-mail and text.  However, most phones and people have e-mail on their cell phones.  I wonder why people would rather text than e-mail??  It is just as fast to send and receive e-mail, and you don't have to worry about text fees from your wireless provider.

Aug 12, 2008 12:20 AM #19
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Rick - Hey Buddy,  Well your right most of our Friends and Colleagues have e-mail built in but keep in mind Texting is for everyone because most people won't pay the extra $40 bucks for e-mail usage.  See everyone has access to text messages from teens to elderly, not everyone has access to e-mail, if I know the person has e-mail access I could e-mail but 9 times out of 10 people would just rather text especially if its real simple and to the point :)

Aug 12, 2008 02:41 AM #20
Aaron Fox
Century 21 Looking Glass - Grand Ledge, MI

Justin- I have noticed a huge increase to clients/agents texting. I have been a texter for a few years now and love the convenience! Great Post!

Aug 12, 2008 04:18 AM #21
Regina Lundeen
Delaware Association of REALTORS® - Rehoboth Beach, DE

I have commented on other people's blogs about texting.  I love it!  Back in the late 90s, I worked for an electrical contractor who used the text enabled beepers.  Being able to text a message to the field saved him a lot of time which meant I lot of man hours $$$

Aug 12, 2008 07:41 AM #22
Dawn Isenhower
Sibcy Cline Realtors - Milford, OH

I just started texting when a homeowner of an expired listing sent me a text. He said that his phone was messed up, but he could still text. I loved it and have found that many of my first-time homebuyers would rather text than talk on the phone. My only problem is that my spelling was beginning to suffer, so when I text, I try to spell everything out to keep my spelling and grammar from going downhill.

Aug 12, 2008 01:47 PM #23
-- Casey Brischle
Columbia Bank - Spokane, WA
Spokane Home Loan Mortgage Professional

It is crazy how fast technology changes. It's crazy to imagine the world without cell phones and texting capabilities.

Aug 13, 2008 03:57 AM #24
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I have to say that text messaging has really helped me out in my business -- I prefer to text than talk especially if my clients are ok with it --

Aug 13, 2008 09:09 AM #25
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate


I'm liking text more and more. It keeps me from endless phonecalls just to get a quick answer. Now I need to upgrade my phone to make it easier!

Aug 13, 2008 10:59 AM #26
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Troy to get unlimited texting is really cheap actually I pay an extra 5 bucks a month for mine.

@ Sharon - This is why texting is great, a phone call people will sometimes shrug off or ignore but a text almost always gets answered, sometimes its wiser to text you might get an answer quicker :)

@ Sam - Text Marketing wow that is a cool spin, Just have to make sure your client agrees with the texts otherwise they might get a huge bill! :D

@ Missy lots of new phones out there especially the qwerty phones, best of luck to you

@ Allen thats great!

Aug 13, 2008 11:03 AM #27
Jesse Barron, REALTOR® - Real Estate Made Easy™ in Anne Arundel County, MD
Keats & Co. Real Estate, LLC - Annapolis, MD

What was the other I love you code?  Something like 17317071?  If you turn it upside down, it spelled it out.

For some reason, until this day, ABACABB sometimes runs through my head.  That was the code to turn on the blood effects in Mortal Kombat II.

Aug 19, 2008 01:49 PM #28
Jesse Barron, REALTOR® - Real Estate Made Easy™ in Anne Arundel County, MD
Keats & Co. Real Estate, LLC - Annapolis, MD

Also, I love texting, but I also know that some people, like my mother (although she is a great texter at age 61), hate having to pay for individual messages since she isn't on a text plan.

I am hesitant to text someone until they give me the OK.  I don't want them to be upset with me when their bill is $5 higher because of a few messages we sent back and forth.

However, I do love the convenience of texting, and texting is how most of my friends stay in contact.  My favorite is when I call a friend, they don't answer, I send a text when I hang up and they immediately respond.  Some people just don't like talking on the phone.  Honestly, other than needing to for business, I am not really a phone person (you'd never know that by talking to me on the phone though).

Aug 19, 2008 01:53 PM #29
Johnathan Smith
Coldwell Banker DiTommaso Realty - Staten Island, NY

90% of the way that I talk to my clients are in text or email now! LOL who needs a phone!

Aug 19, 2008 03:10 PM #30
Sanela Sells
Coldwell Banker McMahan - Bardstown, KY

haha all i do is text!! It's so much easier and no hassle :)

Aug 19, 2008 03:33 PM #31
Brooke Shepherd
Keller Williams Partners - Colorado Springs, CO
Speak With Honesty~Act with Integrity

Hey Justin,

So I never knew that 143 meant I love you and 43110 meant Hello.  I have never even heard of that. 

However, I do text all the time and am considering putting it on my signs as a way to geta hold of me.  I love texting.  Whether it is w/ my kids, hubby, friends or clients. 


Aug 19, 2008 04:04 PM #32
Justin Williams
Independent - Virginia Beach, VA
Loan Officer

@ Jesse 17*31707*1 is the code for the Backwards I love you, No I actually didn't remember it, I Googled it :D  BTW LMAO at your mortal kombat comment, such memories.

@ Jesse Again - You know it never seems to fail that when you call no answer but when you text you get an answer back fast!!

@ Johnathan - lol your right!

@ Sanela - I agree!

@ Brooke - Google Beeper Codes, it was the hype back in the day!

Aug 25, 2008 04:46 PM #33
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I am learning that it is a great way to communicate, but being a communicator is challenging in the text world.  I just have to learn to say it differently and with passion.


Aug 29, 2008 10:09 AM #34
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