One of the great things about Tumblr is that people use it for just about every conceivable kind of expression. People being people, though, that means that Tumblr sometimes gets used for things that are just wrong. We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech,…
I think this is a good idea. Especially the PSAs in the search results.
Your text messages may be worth more than you think. They could help advance the understanding of just how language changes—or at least that’s the theory behind Text4Science, a global project to gather 100,000 donated texts. Linguistic researchers from three Canadian institutions—the universities of Montreal and Ottawa, and Simon Fraser University—are collaborating to build a database that will depend on the public sending old texts to the project’s Web site.
The Canadian researchers hope to dispel the theory that texters “r” lazy and fully expect to find that texters are instead creative, literate people who have found imaginative ways to use the medium. They dismiss the idea that people sending text messages are illiterate.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”—Charles Darwin