Textuality Prize Pack

Comments 143 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Trying to remember what you were supposed to get at the grocery store? Waiting for a friend at a restaurant? Having a good laugh in situations when your parents text or when auto-correct goes terribly wrong?

On April 22nd, the new Canadian film, Textuality – starting Jason Lewis, Vancouver’s Carly Pope, and Arts Club alumnus Eric McCormack – will open in theatres. The film explores the new landscape of dating in the mobile age.

To promote the film, I have a themed prize pack to give away that includes:

  • A BlackBerry Bold 9780 set with 2 months of service from WIND Mobile featuring a 5mp camera, 2gb media card, 512mb of onboard media, BackBerry 6 OS, and more.
  • Tickets for the winner plus a guest to see the movie on opening weekend at Empire Theatres on Granville this Friday, April 22nd.
  • If you would like to win this Textuality prize pack leave comment on this post listing a “Do” or “Don’t” of texting etiquette (especially when it comes to relationships).

    You can also enter to win by posting the following on Twitter:

    I entered to win a #Textuality prize pack including a BlackBerry Bold from @windmobile & @miss604 http://ow.ly/4CPNC

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am Thursday, April 21, 2011.

    Update The winner is Joshua Langston!

    Fine print: The winner will be notified and will need to confirm attendance by 5:00pm that day in order to qualify. If the winner cannot confirm, another will be drawn, due to the tight time frame for the film screening.

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    1. ErinMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:06pm PDT

      Do make sure you review your text before sending! Auto correct can be a killer!

    2. JannaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:08pm PDT

      DO: Always proofread your texts before hitting the send button.

    3. GusMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:10pm PDT

      DON’T ignore the people who are physically in front of you to favour those on the other end of your Blackberry!

    4. LeeMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:10pm PDT

      Don’t text when angry or upset.
      Do make sure you selected the correct recipient before sending.

    5. Danielle ScottMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:13pm PDT

      Do: Check you are sending your text to the right person!

    6. BrendaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:13pm PDT

      Do: Put away the phone at the family dinner table

    7. TaigiMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:13pm PDT

      Autocorrect isn’t always correct. Proofreading is a necessity.
      Don’t txt when you are out on a date.

    8. Rachel LindsayMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:13pm PDT

      Don’t accidentially send your text to the wrong person. Especially if you are talking about that person to someone else!

    9. SalmaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:14pm PDT

      Always make sure you’re sending it to the right person!

    10. CliffMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:14pm PDT

      Do: Try your best to use correct English and grammar.

    11. LindaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:15pm PDT

      Don’t: Send a txt when you’re drunk or tipsy.

    12. JohnMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:15pm PDT

      Don’t text 30 mins or 1 hour later after receiving and reading the messages..I know people like that !

    13. Laura E.Monday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:15pm PDT

      Do double check who you are sending the text to.

    14. jeffMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:17pm PDT

      I’ve never owned a cell phone in my life and it would be ironic if I won this then I could discover the rules of texting myself.

    15. AkiMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:19pm PDT

      Don’t text your ex when drunk!

    16. Patricia MorenoMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:22pm PDT

      Do not! end a relationship over text it is the most cold and humiliating way of breaking up.

    17. TamaraMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:30pm PDT

      Don’t read and not reply to BBM messages!! Not cool….read it when you’re ready to respond, even if it’s a day later.

    18. Tracey FlattesMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:31pm PDT

      DO make sure that you actually send your text to the correct person!

    19. ChristineMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:39pm PDT

      DONT drunk text…trust me

    20. ginette4Monday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:40pm PDT

      Do not text and drive!

    21. VivienMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:41pm PDT

      Do add smiling emoticons
      Don’t send 1 word texts

    22. sir_snoopMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:45pm PDT

      Make sure you don’t text your boss in the middle of the night (drunk) thinking he’s one of your buddies, never a good thing to do!

    23. Olga BMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:46pm PDT

      Do use full words. Nothing drives me more crazy than excessive abbreviation. Especially in “meaningful” text messages!

    24. DonMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:50pm PDT

      Do keep texts short and sweet and don’t text the person sitting next to you- talk to them instead (but not on your phone!)

    25. BelindaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 1:59pm PDT

      Don’t text while under the influence.

    26. IanMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:02pm PDT

      Don’t text while drunk driving…. Ooops meant drunk or driving.

    27. CarolineMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:07pm PDT

      With someone special in your life, you can build anticipation through sexting BUT:

      a) make sure it is the right person
      b) Remember anything you text can be shared – make sure you are confortable sharing it
      b2) This especially includes pictures
      c) Make sure you take it off line and get to see that person so there is the reward – technology is to benefit our communication.

      Communication = one of the foundation blocks of relationship

    28. JenMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:09pm PDT

      Don’t dump someone on Facebook, Twitter or by texting!

    29. JeremyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:10pm PDT

      Do read over a text or message before pressing send 🙂

    30. Don ForanMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:23pm PDT

      don’t text while walking across a street intersection.

    31. Michael KwanMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 2:52pm PDT

      Do double check that autocorrect.

    32. LoriMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:34pm PDT

      Do not text while on a date…

    33. SandraMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:47pm PDT

      Always double check who you’re texting and what you’re saying before hitting send!

    34. YutakaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:49pm PDT

      DO NOT TEXT while eating / during a meal

    35. CourtMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:51pm PDT

      Don’t: Rely on autocorrect when drunk texting.

    36. RayMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:51pm PDT

      Don’t send texts intended for your gf to your wife

    37. Maria NavarroMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:54pm PDT

      DON’T: Text while crossing the street, it may be your last…

    38. Tara TomlinsonMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:56pm PDT

      Do: Always double check what autocorrect “thinks” you want to say before sending. Saves on length explanations later.

    39. MarcMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:57pm PDT

      Please do NOT text while driving… this is at the TOP of the list people…



    40. MikeMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 3:58pm PDT

      DO: text your significant other with messages showing that you care about them!

    41. Jo-AnnMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:00pm PDT

      Do teach me how to use this if I win!

    42. GaryMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:02pm PDT

      DON’T text with a language that you are not fluent in.

    43. SherriMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:04pm PDT

      I still have an old Samsung flip phone without a keyboard! Please help me update. lol

    44. DarcyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:06pm PDT

      I don’t text or have a cell phone.
      Don’t ever say never!

    45. AmyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:10pm PDT

      You should text while drinking milk but don’t text while you’re milking a cow!

    46. SimonMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:10pm PDT

      DO text while skydiving, DON’T text while scuba diving

    47. angieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:13pm PDT

      no drunk texting….ever.

    48. RussellMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:15pm PDT

      DON’T: text while on the toilet. You might drop your phone in by accident, which would suck.

    49. KodyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:22pm PDT

      Don’t “sext” if you don’t want it getting public…

    50. CindyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:25pm PDT

      don’t pick your nose while texting
      don’t cook while texting
      don’t change a diaper while texting

      do smile while texting
      do laugh while texting
      do eat chocolate while texting

    51. John N.Monday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:25pm PDT

      don’t send drunk text messages… especially to an ex or a boss.
      do send random loving messages to your significant other.

    52. CherylMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:28pm PDT

      Don’t text or tweet a break up … or a hook up, somethings deserve the personal touch.

    53. Jackie SampsonMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:33pm PDT

      Do NOT let your two year old see you text…they catch on very quick and who knows who’ll they’ll text if they get a hold of your phone when you’re not looking 😉

      I also tweeted this giveaway 😉


    54. mikeMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:34pm PDT

      DON’T: text while you are in a business meeting

    55. BessieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:40pm PDT

      DON’T text while in church, at a wedding, or at a funeral.

    56. NatalieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:55pm PDT

      don’t text while out on a date.

    57. stinaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:57pm PDT

      DON’T text sexy messages unless you have a lock on your phone… little ones can get at that info if they are playing games!

    58. GigglesMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 4:59pm PDT

      Don’t ever text something you wouldn’t want others to one day read!

    59. KatieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 5:13pm PDT

      Don’t text in front of your grandparents or those from an older generation. Often they view it as rude.

    60. HeidiMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 5:30pm PDT

      Don’t text and drive.

    61. JessicaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 5:36pm PDT

      Do not break up via text!

    62. BonnieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 5:45pm PDT

      Do remember that nothing beats face-to-face communication!

    63. marisa. pMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 5:52pm PDT

      DON’T: think 4 martinis will make your texts clever.
      Hahaha oops.

    64. SusieMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 6:04pm PDT

      Don’t pretend that you’re listening to someone, when you’re actually busy/distracted by your phone. Just put it down for a minute, and really listen!

    65. mariaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 6:16pm PDT

      Do text when you are running late!

    66. Roger SimmonsMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 6:41pm PDT

      As a commercial transport driver, I see a lot of accidents anywhere I go primarily because I am on the road all the time. My advice. Do not text and drive! I saw a sign once and this is what it read. Honk if you love Jesus. Text if you’d like to meet him!

    67. AndrewMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 6:46pm PDT

      Never fight through text messaging, as it is sometimes hard to tell if you are kidding, trying to be funny or being serious. Do use emoticons which can help sound the tone of the text message.

    68. Amy W.Monday, April 18th, 2011 — 7:10pm PDT

      Do use smileys

    69. Andrew C.Monday, April 18th, 2011 — 7:53pm PDT

      Texting is inherently rude and should be avoided.

    70. DonMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:04pm PDT

      Do make sure your language is clear and unambiguous, because the recipient may take a different and upsetting understanding of the message than what you really meant.

    71. JaseMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:16pm PDT

      Don’t: Text if you’re drunk.

    72. TracyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:19pm PDT

      Don’t use emoticons at the end of every sentence or phrase!!! 🙂

    73. ScratchyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:20pm PDT

      Don’t check your text messages at the table during lunch. How rude!

    74. Haritina DragnevaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:31pm PDT

      Do text when you’re on the train, don’t text when you’re on the toilet

    75. RubyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:33pm PDT

      Don’t text your angry message to the wrong person!

    76. BrendaMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:44pm PDT

      Do make sure you’re sending the text to the right person!!

    77. HeatherMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:48pm PDT

      don’t break up over text!

    78. EvMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:51pm PDT

      Don’t text at dinner

    79. QuangMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 9:34pm PDT

      Don’t text while cuddling in bed.

    80. AmiMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:07pm PDT

      Do: reply asap when someone send you a text!

    81. AmyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:37pm PDT

      DON’T just reply with a “k” after a person texts you a long shpeal including a question! Answer it properly 🙂

    82. auMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:41pm PDT

      do text sweet nothings. .don’t over abbreviate

    83. Tess McCannMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:41pm PDT

      Don’t accidentally text your Mom when you mean to text your BF.

    84. Rajvir BoparaiMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 11:18pm PDT

      Do re-read the text as well as double checking who you are sending it to in case you send it to the wrong person and accidentally realize it later while freaking out!

    85. TracyMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 11:55pm PDT

      Don’t text while driving!

    86. Joshua LangstonTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 1:03am PDT

      Do: Make sure keep in mind that you cant express tone in text messages
      Don’t: Use smiley faces to determine such tone as they have just as much of a chance as comming off sarcastic or rude depending on the situation

    87. IanTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 1:21am PDT

      Make sure you are texting the right person!

      Dont text with too many abbreviations as the meaning could be greatly misunderstood!

    88. GraceTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 1:22am PDT

      Do: Text with plenty of emoticons to lighten up the mood
      Don’t: If it is anything serious or important, avoid conveying the message through a text. A phone call is always better for those!

    89. StevenTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 1:24am PDT

      Answer texts in more than one word to show that you actually care.
      Do not assume the person understand your message. They are not you, and cannot put themselves in your context. Try to you more adjectives!

    90. JulieTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:48am PDT

      Don’t text during a movie!

    91. Sandra STuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:50am PDT

      Do: make sure you send it to the right person

    92. nocalTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:53am PDT

      Don’t text at dinner

    93. Bev kTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:17am PDT

      Do not use short form profanity, it’s so unappealing.

    94. Bev kTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:19am PDT

      Do use smiley faces when being sarcastic or silly, it let’s ppl know your mood so to avoid conflict,and it’s cute!

    95. Bhupinder DTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:23am PDT

      Do not argue through texting…not healthy!

    96. Timothy CTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:26am PDT

      Don’t text during a date, it’s so rude!

    97. MarkoTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:45am PDT

      Don’t text with fat thumbs, autocorrect will exact its vengeance!

    98. GarrettTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:50am PDT

      Don’t text and drive

    99. Klever LTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:58am PDT

      Don’t text when drunk!

    100. vincentTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 9:27am PDT

      DONT: send the text to the wrong person! might cause some trouble

    101. jeanTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 9:35am PDT

      don’t drink and text.

    102. R BookTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

      Texting and Driving don’t mix

    103. MariellaTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

      DONT! text! with! too! many! exclamation! marks!

    104. BeniTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:30am PDT

      Don’t text when out for a coffee or meal with another person.

    105. andrewTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:38am PDT

      do use periods in a text. It’s nice to know when the sentence ends.

      Don’t go crazy with the lols. It can drive people crazy.

    106. Serena DeboltTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:46am PDT

      Do not ignore your girlfriend/wife and be texting when she is telling you something important – especially when its about the kids. Remember that your texting etiquette can and WILL be used in a divorce case.

    107. JoTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:52am PDT

      When she texts you to say goodnight, DONT reply telling her not to text again because you want to sleep.

    108. AndreaTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 11:33am PDT

      Don’t: rely on autocorrect.

    109. JuliaTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 12:17pm PDT

      No texting allowed on a date – period.

    110. JamesTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 12:34pm PDT

      1. Do not text when on a date
      2. If you read a message, reply to it
      3. Do not argue or fight over text messages.

      Always remember, your alternative to texting is simple, just call.

    111. Jenny L.Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 1:09pm PDT

      Don’t text at the dinner table
      Do reply to message as soon as possible.

    112. CrystalTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 4:36pm PDT

      Do not send a response to a late night text right away.

    113. TeresaTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 4:43pm PDT

      Do: Text simple messages.
      Don’t: Text me to have a conversation.

    114. BradTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 5:54pm PDT

      Think twice before you hit send. And delete if it doesn’t feel right – or phone!

    115. lizTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 5:56pm PDT

      Don’t text and drive,nor text at theatres or family functions it’s so rude.

    116. Julie NichollsTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 6:32pm PDT

      Don’t text at the dinner table my darling nephew!

    117. stacey dempseyTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 6:38pm PDT

      well to all the teenagers out there, (i have 3 myself,) dont text while crossing the street lol i have seen more kids almost get hit, and a few have bumped into me in the store on the street etc when they are texting and not paying attention, and it drives me crazy that they text while i am talking to them arghhh

    118. CherylTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:04pm PDT

      I have wind mobile and I love it, But my phone is a tad broken this would be sweet! To everyone that is wondering about Wind, It is great I have been with them since their very first day in Vancouver…Good bye crazy bills!

    119. CherylTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:05pm PDT

      I have wind mobile and I love it, But my phone is a tad broken this would be sweet! To everyone that is wondering about Wind, It is great I have been with them since their very first day in Vancouver…Good bye crazy bills! Remember the TLC life lessons, one was Merlot and email do not mix, well Texting drunk is never a good idea!

    120. JeanieTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 7:10pm PDT

      Refrain from texting your friends when out on a first date?

    121. JeffTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:03pm PDT

      Hey I need a cell phone! One of the do’s of texting ettiquet is being polite of course. One of the don’ts, for me at least, is to replace words with shortened versions I don’t understand.

    122. GarrettTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:43pm PDT

      Dont text your friends on about how your date is going when you are still on the date.

    123. SherryTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 9:25pm PDT

      Don’t let texting be more important than talking with the person physically in front of you!

    124. SharonTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 10:42pm PDT

      Don’t text your sig other: we should talk about something in person and then leave them hanging. Its the worst feeling for the person receiving the txt.

    125. seapotatoTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 11:20pm PDT

      Don’t text while you’re at the table!

    126. Anne MarieTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 11:31pm PDT

      Txt I love you often ( check u are sending it to the right person)

    127. Christy LeungTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 11:50pm PDT

      Don’t text your loved ones one worded answers, it makes them think that you don`t want to talk to them…

    128. KevinWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 1:29am PDT

      Don’t always be attached to texting, remember the person(s) you are physically with!

    129. BonsWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 2:51am PDT

      I think one of the worst texting etiquettes is to break up with someone using text. If you have gone out on dates with someone, it is important to tell the person that you don’t want to see him/her anymore and the reason why you’re wanting to end the relationship…this should be done in person or at the very least by email/phone.

    130. KellyWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 4:43am PDT

      Don’t just read your text and wait a few days until you answer it, we know your ignoring us!

    131. BrandyWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 6:56am PDT

      Make sure you proof your texts before hitting send!

    132. AinsleyWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 8:19am PDT

      Do make sure you sure you send your text to the right person

    133. beverlyWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 8:47am PDT

      Check that u r sending to the right. Contact ,this can be embarrassing

    134. CeciWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 1:05pm PDT

      Don’t drink and text.

    135. ChrisWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 1:15pm PDT

      Drunk texting your ex at 4AM is always a really good idea.

    136. MaeWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 2:20pm PDT

      DO follow up text messages with occasional phone calls. Conducting a relationship entirely through texting says you don’t care enough about the other person to call them.

      DON’T text and drive. Two dear friends nearly died when they were struck hard by a semi who swerved to avoid a wayward car whose driver was stupidly busy texting while driving on the highway. You may think yourself invincible, but think about the others you might harm and their loved ones.

    137. AnnaWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 2:36pm PDT

      Don’t : fight with your significant other over text, text while driving or walking, rely on auto corrector

    138. AndrewWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 3:01pm PDT

      Never text and drive…it is so dangerous. Glad that BC has placed a ban on texting & driving.

    139. MichaelWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 9:24pm PDT

      Remember to proofread the text before sending! 😀

    140. LindaThursday, April 21st, 2011 — 8:10am PDT

      DO: use emoticons to evoke some sort of reaction (happy, sad)
      DON’T: text during movies or when you’re driving!


    141. SherryFriday, April 22nd, 2011 — 12:30am PDT

      Just found this & it is so true:

      Google before you tweet is the new think before you speak!

    142. ChrisMonday, April 25th, 2011 — 8:58pm PDT

      DON’T use emoticons recklessly.

    143. AVI PlayerThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 4:33am PST

      Think first before texting.

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