To Text or Not To Text?

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  1. Mal Campbell

    Mal Campbell Well-Known Member
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    Thanks @Michelle Stevens. I went to the website and it's kind of confusing. If you have the time, could you tell me how it works? You mentioned article size, what length are they looking for? How do you get paid and how often, do they use paypal? It sounds interesting. Any info you can give would be much appreciated.
     
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    I suppose the most important things is that you need an AdSense account to earn anything at HubPages. That's despite the fact that they have their own earnings program too, which is a bit strange. I think they pay out once a month using PayPal, but only to those members whose balance is over $50. I don't often reach $50 because I've got very few articles published there, but some members get paid every month.

    These pages should help answer some of your questions:
    According to one answer in their FAQ, a good article is at least 1150 words, but I've published a lot shorter than that.

    If you've got any other questions that those links don't answer, please ask and I'll try to answer them.

    Oh, and if you don't have an AdSense account but want one, I can give you an easy way to get it too.
     
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    I'm a late user of cell phone, i only started using one regularly starting last year. I bought twice but because i rarely use the unit, it ended to my children and i let them use them until last year when i was travelling and got lost. That incident made me see how important to have one if only to communicate to your family.
     
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  4. Mal Campbell

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    Thanks @Michelle Stevens for all the good information. I'm not really sure what an AdSense account is, I've seen it mentioned other places, but I'm really in the dark about it. What is it and does it cost anything? Any information you can give me would be much appreciated.

    I did join the Textbroker that you recommended - I wrote a sample yesterday and submitted it, now I have to wait and see if it's accepted. They said it would take a week or so to hear back from them. I've never done anything like this before, so it's pretty scary. It would be really cool to earn a few extra bucks by writing - it's something I've always wanted to do.
     
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    AdSense is a form of advertising. Once you have an account you can use it to place ads on your own blog, if you have one. There are also various sites, including HubPages, which will place AdSense ads on your behalf, and you can earn a little money if anyone clicks on those. It costs nothing to get an account, but Google don't give them out until you've got some content to prove that you deserve one, which is why I said I'd have to tell you about the easiest way I know to get one if you decide you need it.

    I wasn't the one who recommended Textbroker as I've never had the courage to try it. I wish you luck there. Please let me know how that works out as I might like to try something like it in future. I'm not sure whether they accept South Africans or not, but there are sites of the type that do, so I might have to look around if I ever pluck up the courage to try selling my articles.
     
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    I do not text. I usually won't answer a text either. If I do answer my text reply will be CALL ME.
     
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    I was in a restaurant near the university and it was filled with students. All were texting each other while sitting at the same table and there was no conversation at all.
    Einstein said that when technology surpasses personal interaction the wold would be in grave trouble I guess it is coming.
     
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    I don't think it's coming, I think it's already here! You see it all the time, in situations like you've described. You see it in the media, which is full of sex, violence and obscene language, all designed to "shock" us. You see it in a society of self-centered people - one's who stand by an accident or disaster, and instead of helping are recording it on their phones. You see it in neighborhoods where no one knows, or cares about, their neighbors. And this will sound strange coming from an atheist, but you see it in the decline of attendance at church.

    I have a sister-in-law, who became a grandmother about a year ago. She is constantly, and annoyingly, like most new grandparents, posting photos of her granddaughter on Facebook, but in the 1/2 dozen or so times I've seen her, in person, she's never said a word about her granddaughter - how strange!! She's obviously proud and excited about her, but she's never actually talked about her to me. Of course, you could say that I've never asked, so it's on me, too! :confused:
     
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    I guess that I see texting as kind of a "necessary evil", and have reluctantly began to text when there is not an alternative. One of the things that helps is that the texts will also commeon the iPad, and I have the actual keyboard to use to answer texts rather than trying to use that miniscule virtual keyboard on the iPhone.
    If course, sometimes, I am not a thome and don't have the ipad along, and then I either wait until I get back home to answer, or I send a very short answer back.
    It does seem like we have become a nation of texters, and people who are in the same house or even the same room will text rather than talk.
     
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    That's the way I feel about texting too. Unfortunately the only way I can send or receive a text message is on my very basic smartphone, so I try to keep my messages short. Luckily I don't often need to send texts as most of those I receive are automated messages that don't need a reply.
     
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    Texting with rotary phones must have been a nightmare!;)
     
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    I have found texting to be very helpful. In many situations, it has been the only way I could get some feedback from people I needed info. from. Every generation has their own unique way to communicate. Texting is one of those ways.
     
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    That video is amazing. I remember my parents having to book trunk calls when they needed to phone somebody in another city, but thankfully I'm not old enough to remember phones without dials.
     
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    I am not an early adapter. I got my first cell phone four years ago.

    (And my first computer not long before that.)

    I never thought I'd like the cell phone. Much less texting, as I kept watching my granddaughter work at it until I thought her thumbs would fall off; but after having gotten the cell phone I have decided that I do very much like it and that I enjoy texting as well. Like Ruth, there are times when I seem to communicate better in writing. I believe it's just that when writing you have more time to think about what it is you're trying to say.

    Anyway, I do like texting. And I love being able to instantly send pictures from my phone to someone else's.

    I do not use abbreviations or forego punctuation. At least not on purpose. I do get in a rush sometimes and let things fly that I wouldn't normally.

    Twitter is rather weird to me. I have an account but rarely use it as I can't seem to see the point. Maybe since I really am not an early adapter my understanding of the whole twitter thing will come later.

    One thing I've thought about and I do know, as much as I appreciate the convenience of my cell phone I would be just fine without it if for some reason I had to give it up. There is far more to life in this world than little technological wonders, and sometimes I find myself wishing for the days when we had not so many.
     
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    I hate texting, the keys on my phone's keypad are so small and it's so much quicker to just talk into a phone. Annoyingly a lot of people I know, especially my grandkids, seem to prefer it, forcing me to text. :( I can see it has it's merits, for example being able to send a message for later if somebody's busy but I'd rather avoid it.
     
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    behind the wheel it can and has been fatal. re enactment

     
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