Captioning and Social Media – Same or Different?

March 29, 2011 Comments Off on Captioning and Social Media – Same or Different?

Twitter and Facebook seem to be more “immediate” than emails, know what I mean? What do you think?

On Twitter and Facebook, it feels as if you are “reading and listening with your eyes” in some sort of immediate way – though of course you choose when to open it. There’s also immediate interaction sometimes (someone answers you right away). It “approaches” real time captioning/subtitles as a “thing” – it gives us quality text, easy to read (short, perhaps too short at times, yet seems to be the style of the decade).

Real time captioning (what millions of us need for literacy, learning language, online search, and much more, e.g. equal communication access for folks with hearing differences), is really – actually – truly – immediate speech-to-text translation. Someone else types for all of you in a conversation, meeting, conference, etc. It’s not you typing online. It’s for more “important” conversations of all sorts — at work, at school, at community events of all kinds.

Real time captioning (aka CART) is not social media – but it’s “social” in a profoundly meaningful and healthy way — for all to be included in life!

I wonder if Twitter will include real time “chat” soon? Is anyone using the “chat” feature on Facebook a lot?



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