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One Reason I’m Posting More – I Finally Learned to Two Finger iPhone Type

I’ve been posting a lot more on my blog than I have in a long time. Part of the reason for it had been to try out Posterous (write once, email, publish in many places). But there’s a bigger underlying reason that at least deserves a mention.

 After 2+ years, I finally made myself learn how to type with two fingers on my iPhone.

 You all know how much I rely on my iPhone for everyday connected life. There’s a reason I call it my prosthetic brain. An when the iPhone first launched, Steve himself, foreseeing the complaints people would have about the lack if a physical keyboard, went to lengths to teach us how to get used to the iPhone’s on screen keys. Trust the software. Type full words or sentences. Start using one finger.

 For whatever reason, I have always been an index finger iPhone typist. Having had a BlackBerry, I was familiar with the two thumb method, but every time I tried it on my iPhone, it was too error prone. My thumbpads felt too big. I made too many mistakes. Progress was slow and difficult, so I always switched back to the one finger method at which I had become quite proficient.

 So why did I force myself to learn two thumb iPhone typing? The reason is kind of embarrassing. My wife, Rachel, has had an iPhone for quite a while, an is what I’d consider a more “normal” user than I am (e.g. she doesn’t freak out if she’s more than a few feet away from her iPhone). One day, I noticed her typing with two thumbs. I had taught her according to the precepts of Steve – start out with one finger, two thumbs at first is too frustrating. But where I had stagnated in One Finger Village, Rachel had moved, all on her own, into Two Thumb City.

 When I thought about it, there was no reason other than inertia and laziness on my part that kept me from the two thumb method. So I made myself practice. A lot. I don’t quite feel completely proficient yet, and I make a LOT of mistakes still, but I definitely type faster than I did before.

 So instead of limiting myself to short tweets and emails, longer portions of text (like this post) no longer seem so daunting, and I’ll likely continue to post more and longer stuff from my iPhone.

 What about you? Do you still type with one finger on your iPhone? Or did you jump right in to the two finger method?

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4 thoughts on “One Reason I’m Posting More – I Finally Learned to Two Finger iPhone Type

  1. I still one finger type, mostly because I look around and see all these punk kids with their thumb typing, and I just can’t do it very well. You’ve given me some challenge though sir. I tried two-thumb typing today and found it to be pretty quick. Still don’t know if I’ll make the switch. The old iPhone has more loading delays than I’d like… the only thing missing is a spinny beachball.

  2. I still one finger type, mostly because I look around and see all these punk kids with their thumb typing, and I just can’t do it very well. You’ve given me some challenge though sir. I tried two-thumb typing today and found it to be pretty quick. Still don’t know if I’ll make the switch. The old iPhone has more loading delays than I’d like… the only thing missing is a spinning beachball.

  3. I too am rediscovering the power of Posterous. However, I am still working out some process flows in my head (http://linesareforming.com/tags/social-networks). One example: currently I have Twitter autopost to Facebook. If I keep that process in place, then I should have Posterous only autopost to Twitter (which will then autopost to Facebook). However, will I lose any features that way? From my experiments thus far, Posterous does a kick butt job at maximizing the features of the sites it is autoposting to. However, if I have Posterous autopost to both Twitter and Facebook, then I will get duplicates unless I turn off the existing Twitter to Facebook autopost (which then I lose my tweets synching with Facebook). And this is just ONE of MANY processes I need to work out! :)

  4. @Aaron – yeah, I’d hate to see the beachball on an iPhone. You need to upgrade to a 3GS, man! The thing I love most about mine is the added speed, no question. When I use Rachel’s 3G or my old first gen iPhone, it just feels so slow in comparison.

    @Brandon – I totally know what you mean regarding working out the process flows, or plumbing of the interweb tubes, as I call it. :-) Posterous is causing me a lot of duplicates, too. I’m working to reduce them, but I think I need to decide a balance – does the convenience of piping all of my updates everywhere through Posterous outweigh the hassle of generating duplicates for those that follow me? Part of me thinks that better duplicate control and filtering (FriendFeed does a *stellar* job of this, but not everyone uses it) is the answer.

    Perhaps it’s time to revise “Josh’s Greater Unified Theory of Internet Tube Plumbing” to account for this new generation of hub-and-spoke tools. :-)

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