Yesterday LG Mobile Phones released an online tool that many parents will find invaluable: DTXTR (or, in English, “De-Texter”).
It’s a translation service that will turn those whacked-out text message acronyms (teenspeak?) into plain English. This will no doubt delight many nosy parents who want to keep tabs on every communication triviality of their thumbstruck teens.
The real-world utility of this tool is questionable, however. Heavy texters are well-known to fire off 200+ miniscule missives a day. Since DTXTR works one acronym at a time, decoding kids’ texts with the tool could become a full time job. Better that LG should have permitted full-message translation or the ability to upload SMS logs from a phone for bulk translation.
Visit the tool at http://www.lgdtxtr.com/.