Text Is Dead; Long/ Live/ Text

Maybe one day we will talk to our computers and have them send messages to other humans on behalf of us. But for now we can text our friends ourselves or talk to computers via text.

For all the nonsense out there about people not reading any more and how our culture is increasingly led by visuals, there is still an awful lot of text-based innovations going on.

Sure you can use post an image in Twitter, but that platform was built on text and it’s still the most used medium. That’s a guess but it’s probably right.

This cool article, Futures of Text, was making the rounds on Twitter a couple weeks back. The author, Jonathan Libov, talks about text-based services like Bus Time as an antidote to the there’s-an-app-for-everything-I-have-too-many-apps thing.

It’s also where I heard about this cool text-based health app, Lark. He calls it “GUI-aided chat:”

Lark for iPhone is a virtual health coach that interfaces with HealthKit on the iPhone. They do an excellent job at weaving free-form chat with GUI.

Lark is also excellent at message design. The tone is natural and the tempo is fast but not so fast as to make you feel like your responses are perfunctory.

I find myself checking in with Lark a lot during the day. It makes me feel good about all the activity I get, even though I don’t think it would motivate me to get my butt outside if the weather’s crappy.

I’d attach a screen shot of Lark talking to me but the app has been crashing lately.

Here’s the video they have on their site: