Briton Smashes World Texting Record

A British woman has smashed the world record for typing the fastest text message. Melissa Thompson, 27, wrote a passage in just under 26 seconds, shaving off nearly 10 seconds from previous record holder. She texted: "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."

The Guinness World Record was earlier held by American Franklin Page who wrote the same passage in March this year. Thompson, from Salford in Greater Manchester, used Samsung's new Galaxy S smartphone to break the record. Her record is subject to Guinness approval.

Thompson was shopping with her boyfriend, Chris Davies when they visited a Samsung roadshow where she had a go at the record. "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," The Sun quoted her as saying.

Published Date: Aug 23, 2010 12:16 pm | Updated Date: Aug 23, 2010 12:16 pm