Ever since the first text message was delivered, we've laughed and cried privately and among friends over the mishaps and misfires created by pressing the "send" button a little too liberally.
Enter Texts From Last Night (TFLN), a website founded in 2009 by Lauren Leto and Ben Bator, two college friends who wanted to share the exploits of their friends a bit more publicly. They decided to open the site to anyone with a text to share and quickly redefined the art of the late night text.
Currently getting 3-5 million hits a day, TFLN has been called a "living document of twentysomething life". It shares private conversations between friends, family, lovers, potential lovers and enemies via 30-40 posts of the day's best submissions, identified only by area code. With the messages posted "as is" complete with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, TFLN provides a unique glimpse into the lives of a gadget-obsessed nation.
The texts show how we interact with each other, the cause and effect of last night's party and the real-time weighing of these actions. Its popularity has grown into a book, Texts From Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending, mobile applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android platforms and a television show is currently in production.
From our lexicon to our decision making, TFLN has altered the way we text and communicate with one another-especially when it's last call and you can't bring your drink home with you.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Ben deferred a scholarship to law school to start Texts From Last Night after perfecting his texting skills at Michigan State University. He admits that he is no stranger to: breaking up via text message, having "phantom vibrations" in the absence of his phone, typing on computer keyboards with his thumbs and waking up in a bathtub on a holiday.
He co-founded the website Texts From Last Night (TFLN) and co-authored (with Lauren Leto) the book of the same name. Ben also co-founded and is the Chief Innovation Officer of Lafayette American, a new creative agency. He is currently involved in the production of the television series based on Texts From Last Night.
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