Adam R. Monteith (saltamonte) wrote in suggestions,
Adam R. Monteith
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TXT-LJ: group several text messages in one post (remove 160-char limit?)

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TXT-LJ: group several text messages in one post (remove 160-char limit?)

Short, concise description of the idea
TXT-LJ could place messages received within a few seconds of each other in the same post, to reverse splitting of messages by mobile service providers.

Full description of the idea
When I send a long message from my cell phone, my service breaks it up into two or more smaller messages. When I send such a message to TXT-LJ, the smaller messages appear as separate posts, sometimes cut off in the middle of a word. (These smaller posts tend to approach the 160-character limit, but they do not reach it and the cuts do not follow any pattern I have noticed.) I then have to leave these fragmented posts on my LJ (and I prefer a default public post setting) until I have time for an editing session in which I can connect them all.

Since most people (and most phones) require at least 30 seconds to open, compose and send a text message long enough to be a useful LJ entry (or am I wrong?), I think this problem could be solved by setting Txt-LJ to concatenate text messages received within 0-30 seconds of each other before posting them as a single entry. (If some people can really prepare and send an LJ text in less than 30 seconds, it may need to be an optional setting.)

Also, an APPEND command could be included in a text message that would allow it to be appended to the previous post rather than sent separately.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Users would be able to make longer posts using Txt-LJ.
  • With the 0-30 sec. feature, my Txt-LJ editing sessions would be a thing of the past.
  • With the APPEND command, I could post the great American novel on a long bus ride without needing an internet connection, or even my computer.
  • I don't understand the 160-character limit, but if it's just a question of how much data can be posted at once, this option might help eliminate it.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • If there's a reason for the 160-char. limit that's impossible to work around, then my suggestion may be worthless.
  • If some people really can prepare and send an LJ text in less than 30 seconds, it may need to be an optional setting.
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