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Swedes choose social media over texting

Swedes choose social media over texting

Published: 02 Jan 2012 11:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Jan 2012 11:06 GMT+01:00

"The big text message explosion is over. People use Facebook instead," said Erik Hörnefelt of Swedish mobile phone operator Tre to news agency TT.

Although Sweden’s four major telecom operators have analysed their figures in very different ways, it seems clear that many Swedes are now choosing social media rather than texting with their mobile phones to communicate and send greetings.

Telecom company Tele2 reported 30.7 million text messages being sent on New Year's Eve, which is 4 million less than last year.

Telia users, who together sent 28.4 million, which constituted 1.2 million fewer messages than last year, from 6am on New Year's Eve and 24 hours forward.

Tele2, however, looked at figures for the whole of New Year’s Eve as well as the early hours of New Year's Day.

Tre reported figures of 13 to 14 million text messages over the whole 24 hours. On a normal day approximately 9 million texts are sent by their customers.

Tre also expected a similar amount of texts sent on New Year's Day, as many users wait until after the clock strikes midnight to send their greetings to family and friends. But at Tre they also saw a slight decrease in text messaging.

"This year's numbers are somewhat less than I thought they would be," said Erik Hörnefelt to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

And the accessibility of social media through mobile phones are believed to be behind the drop in text message usage.

"We see an increased use of social media. Many people want to be covered and therefore send messages both by text and Facebook,” said Annika Christensson, Information Officer at telecom company Tele2 to DN.

TT/Jenny Sundelin (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

08:37 January 4, 2012 by shahislam
My case will surely help Rupret Murdoch: He'd be benefited, should my posting comes to his knowledge.

Please read how reality will become better:

In this rapidly developing digital communication era, it is possible to find out electronically the exact whereabouts of hackers. But only need to abolish some privacy laws allowing Internet controller by (and only now, by current most honest US political power & Govt.) openly declared a simple new policy of unrestricted access to records of every member of the Global Public (it's being done secretly -just like a thief does, by an elusive party) and this minor change will reward USA to remain still the best Humanitarian and Political Power in the World. Good guys have nothing to be afraid about because their digital records won't be even checked when honest guys openly take control of monitoring!

Regardless, such laws be made or not, a few dishonest manipulators, just like operators of an elusive but Fake Crocodile, are now and in the future forever will monitor each and every global citizen's records of activities. Therefore, every good citizen everywhere should blindly demand the early mentioned change in privacy laws.

In North-America, the negatively powerful bad lawmakers (appointed by too greedy businessmen / Dealers of OIL, Drugs and War-Weapons with same qualities and mentalities of bullying wealthy thugs) will never want to pass such public benefiting laws, unless the public become aware of overall impact of this apparently simple but highly significant change causing factors.

The more members of the Global Public gets to know about such things, the faster will be the positive change. Even slow progress is Okay, as these information in the digital networks are indestructible and sooner or later going to financially benefit mainly every hard working citizen of USA and elsewhere.

I have personally collected numerous proofs and digital evidences of how a few inhumanly -bad guys inside public power handling authorities can virtually take form of a 'dishonestly too powerfiul Elusive Crocodile' that even exist in Canada's great Judicial system and my voice is either 'not being heard' or 'heard but not addressed by fearful good heads' despite providing them some clear like day-light evidences and also in 'black and white.'

I know, the same inhumanly -bad guys exist in our same territorial power of USA too and only the Public of North-America can change the practice of dishonest manipulation of the laws in the old judicial systems.

I Forgot to mention at the beginning that: By phone hacking and /or similar means the Elusive Crocodile in Canada have manipulated too many of my personal records, voice recordings, Reporters' transcripts etc. in the Government's files and records including the Crown Corporation's and Canada's Great judicial systems'.

Shahislam
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