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Monday, December 16, 2013

speed, wpm ... time spent on the web and .... '22 words'

Technology is to be made use of  - it helps mankind, but one should never become slave to technology ! ~ how much of time do you spend on Computer – particularly on Internet – and more specifically on social networking like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more………. modern day children are crazy over the internet -  posting on their wall, uploading photos, updating status and adding photos are the top most priorities.  People are so  obsessive spending  inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, obscure, or highly technical pursuits, and remain isolated to physical world – being in a virtual World all the time…

Are you in the habit of writing … and when was the time that you last wrote a letter to a friend or relative (not to disclose the romantic one !) ….the average human being hand-writes at 31 words per minute for memorized text and 22 words per minute while copying.  A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules. Catch-22s often result from rules, regulations, or procedures that an individual is subject to but has no control over. One connotation of the term is that the creators of the "Catch-22" have created arbitrary rules in order to justify and conceal their own abuse of power.

Words per minute, commonly abbreviated WPM, is a measure of input or output speed. For the purpose of typing measurement a word is standardized to five characters or keystrokes, including spaces and punctuation. For example, "I run" counts as one word, and "rhinoceros" and "let's talk" both count as two.

An average professional typist types usually in speeds of 50 to 80 wpm.  In India in 1990s, the typewriter manufacturer Godrej used to conduct speed tests and  people easily typed more than 60 wpm – when the writing speed of a good stenographer with lower qualification was 80 wpm…. The Higher in Stenography was a 120 wpm test and I won with distinction 140 wpm test conducted by the Stenographers’ Guild way back in 1984.  This post is of a different ‘22’ though…. Courier Mail states that ‘Twenty Two Words’  has become the second most-shared website on Facebook globally.

In an interview with the U.S. men's magazine, Esquire, 22 Words creator Abraham Piper said he grabs stories and features from around the web and Facebook users click the share button for the maximum times for his chosen stories, News.com.au reports. According to the report, twelve million people enjoyed its content last month. This site, which has been running since 2008, describes itself as the "source for the crazy, curious, and comical side of the web."

According to the website – ‘http://twentytwowords.com/”  - 22 Words collects and shares a blend of everything from the serious and creative to the silly and absurd. As your source for the crazy, curious, and comical side of the web, 22 Words can be counted on to share funny and fascinating viral content as well as more obscure (but equally interesting) pictures, videos, and more.  It is claimed that the  goal at 22 Words is to inspire daily doses of WTF, OMG, LOL, Awwwwww…and maybe even a few more heartfelt or brainy responses that don’t have their own truncated internet terms.

22 Words began as a personal blog in 2008 but is now one of the top 100 blogs online. When The Atlantic analyzed the viral web at the end of 2013, 22 Words was the second best site on Facebook. And NewsWhip ranked it  22nd among social publishers online. The content at 22 Words is curated by Abraham Piper with contributions from Rob Toledo and Jake Johnson.

So from today on, we are going to browse in  another website too…adding minutes / hours to our web time
With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

16th Dec 2013.

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