I think I should control my browsing habits. Every time I reach that remote website from some corner of the world, I make a shocking discovery.
Today, I realized that I’ve been promoting Global Warming! 😯
It hurts, but its true. Centuries ago, I decleared my battle against ‘sms’ text: Big K Vs. SMS. Ihad felt terribly good after writing that post. Today, I’m not sure if I should really be happy about my battle against SMS text.
I’ll tell you why. I stumbled upon this post on Google Talk Blog: Google Talk Goes Green . It says the following –
We don’t know about you, but we were surprised to learn the inconvenient truth that every character (byte) we send in a message results in about 0.0000000000000000034 metric tons* of CO2 being released into the atmosphere! So if we can reduce the number of characters we send when we chat with all our friends, we can help the environment at the same time. Teenagers (and some adults) must be aware of this, because they already reduce their character usage by abbreviating words and dropping vowels when they send IM and SMS (text) messages. We think this is a great idea. If all our millions of users started using IM-speak, we’d save hundreds of millions of wasted (and environmentally damaging!) characters.
For example, if we want to say:
As far as I'm concerned, you can give me the twenty dollars you owe me when I see you later.
You could save more than 50% in wasted characters by saying:
AFAIC, U can gve me the 20 $$ YOM whn I CUL8R.
Moreover, on 22-April-2008 (Earth Day), Gtalk servers will automatically convert your normal text into sms-text! Woa! I know Google cares about Global Warming. But then, why don’t they just shut down their server farms and make an impact on the Global Warming!
We’ll be happy using Yahoo Messenger for our IM needs. They are far ahead of Gtalk and probably, don’t cause Global Warming. I hope that the readers of this blog will continue to use normal, full lenth text in their conversation.
–The Big K–