In this case his innovation is using a few keyboard shortcuts to save himself sometime.
As we’ve seen, phones and services like Twitter demand their own adaptations.
If you do the arithmetic, it’s 3 characters typed for every 1 in the finishedproduct.
But my unique position as co-founder of Ok Cupid gives us special First, the site’s decade of history lets us see how technology has altered how people communicate.
Ok Cupid has records from the pre-smartphone, pre-Twitter, pre-Instagram days — hell, it was online when Myspace was still a file storage service.
Below is a scatter chart of 100,000 messages, with the number of characters typed plotted against characters actually sent.
Because there’s a wide range of counts, running from 1 all the way to almost 10,000, this plot is logarithmic, which basically just means that as you move from lower to higher on an axis, the rate at which the value increases goes I’ve added a diagonal line, and it marks the place where the two axes are equal — meaning that for the red dots along it, the text matched the keystrokes that went into it.