In what at first seems like yet another nail in the coffin of the English language, Trimit, $.99 app released last week, takes large blocks of text and automatically shortens them for use in various social networking applications.
After pasting text (or importing a URL) into the editing window, you have the option of shortening it for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email or SMS. Just give your phone a shake, and WHAM – now you look like an illiterate moron!
According to Mashable, the algorithm used to figure out which words/letters are important “pays special attention to words like dates, proper nouns, facts and figures and place, and users have an option to [turn off the ommission of] unnecessary vowels (i.e. “cvrd” vs. “covered”) and abbreviations (“2rists” vs. “tourists”).”
So it would seem that when its powers are used for good, Trimit actually becomes a reasonably intelligent summary tool. Don’t have time to read an entire article? Now you can get the concentrated version in seconds.
Are you paying attention, students?