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    Send Your First Text Message Send Your First Text Message Presentation Transcript

    • Sending Your First Text Message Brought to you by Fresno County Public Library Written by Lisa Lindsay, Computer Services Librarian
    • Class Goals
      • Today you will:
        • Learn the basics of text messages
        • Learn about local laws about cell phones
        • Practice sending a text message from your phone
        • Practice responding to a text message from your phone
    • What is Text Messaging
      • According to Wikipedia:
      • Text messaging , or texting , refers to the exchange of brief written text messages between mobile phones or other portable devices using a network.
    • Why should I learn?
      • Texting has altered the way society communicates
      • Globally, it is a more economical way to communicate than voice calls
      • It’s convenient (once you get the hang of it!)
    • How much does it cost?
      • Some plans include a specific number at not cost per month.
      • Most plans include the option to pay a monthly amount to have unlimited text messaging added to your plan.
      • If you pay per text the typical cost will be 10¢ -20¢ per text. Picture/video messaging is typically more.
      • Remember, if you send/receive a text a minute you’ll have spent $20 in less than 2 hours (at 20¢ per text). Be careful! Texting can be fun and addictive.
    • How do I send a text message?
      • Go to the mailbox or message option on your cell and choose “Create Message”.
      • Enter name or number of who you are sending the message to (sometimes this is done last)
      • Enter your message and press OK or send.
    • Typing your message
      • ABC mode:
      • Letters are associated with the keypad.
      • H is two times because it’s in the second position. I is three times because it’s in the third position.
      • T9 (Text on 9 keys)
      • Also called Predictive Text Mode
      • Spell the word with one stroke symbolizing all potential letter and then the phone figures one what you mean.
      • T9 Demo (with practice using the mouse)
      • (Choose your preferred mode in the settings)
    • How to read a message
      • When you receive a text the sound is different from when you have an incoming call.
      • You can adjust the settings if you don’t want it to make any noise when a text arrives.
      • To read the new message just click on the mail box icon and select “Inbox”
      • Select the new text-- read it and then save or delete. You can also choose to reply instantly.
      • Review & then hands on practice
    • Ready to practice? Text the library! We offer free text message reference services. Today we’ll use this to practice texting. Here’s how you do it…
    • Send your first text!
      • 1. Grab your phone… 2. Compose a text to 66746 3. Start your message with these letters (exactly): askfcpl
      • Example: askfcpl What time does this class end?
    • Here’s what it will look like…
    • 4. Press send and wait for your answer It’s really that easy. Save the number 66746 and our library name in your contacts to use it later.
    • Try it now! To: 66746 Body: askfcpl + YOUR QUESTION/COMMENT/ETC.
    • Reminders…
      • You don’t need “askfcpl” every time, only for the first message with this number and then never again.
      • You pay for each text you send and each text you receive. Once you initiate a conversation the other end may respond in more than one text.
      • Use discretion when sharing your cell phone number.
    • Who do I trust with my cell number?
      • Just as you don’t want to give out your home address to just anyone, the same is true of your cell phone.
      • When you are online, avoid “Chance to win…” offers that require your cell phone to enter.
      • These offers lead to “junk mail” on your phone (in the form of unsolicited text messages) and sometimes they even lead to signing up for a service that’s added to your cell plan (without you realizing you signed up).
      • Always pay attention to your cell phone bill and contact your provider if you notice unusual charges.
    • Texting and driving
      • CA Vehicle code prohibits the use of a wireless device to send a text message while operating a vehicle. (VC 23123 .5)
      • In Fresno, the initial fine for use of a cellular device while driving is $160 (state fine is $20 but the county adds their own charges).
      • The fine is much steeper for a second offence.
    • Practice, practice, practice!
      • With the remaining time, text the AskFCPL number, text anyone from your contacts or text back and forth with someone else in the class.
      • Before you leave, be sure to complete the evaluation form. Use the paper version or complete it online here: svy.mk/compclass
    • Creative Commons License
      • Written August, 2011 by Lisa Lindsay of Fresno County Public Library with some content taken from TextaLibrarian.com’s marketing material.
      • This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Licensed. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/