Why not send your own message to a friend or lover using a little TXT Bug. Pick your own short word or acronym in a choice of your own colours, add the face that fits and you are ready to roll.
Not sure what to pick for your message, maybe they have a favourite phrase or common autocorrect issue. Of course you can also play on the idea of “having the bug”, maybe for a sports team, computer game or hobby.
The trick is to keep it short and snappy!
Three letters work great, Four letters is fine and you can get away with five at a push. Any longer and the bug starts to distort and is hard to make stand properly.
These are some of the less endearing of the TXT Bugz. But probably the most popular amongst a large segment of collectors.
Attracted by the anger or frustration that comes attached to these short and punchy texts and emails. They are crude little Bugz, often crass and vulgar with it.
Giggle Bugz are probably the second most common type of TXT Bugz. They feed upon the sharing of jokes and funny stories. They were rare outside of computer filled offices and schools for a long time. But, the ability to send longer messages by mobile phone has spread them far and wide.
Probably most commonly spotted sporting the ever present LOL (Laugh Out Loud), they are occasionally found in Scotland with PMSL (Piss My Self Laughing).
The Luv Bug latches on to messages of lust or affection that are so common now that private electronic communication is common place. Purely due to the amount of passion that is transmitted electronically in modern western cultures, these have become the most common type of TXT Bugz.
Normally expressions of the text abbreviation I <3 U, they come in a selection of slightly rarer breeds as well. It’s believed that the Bugz bearing BFF evolved in west coast schools by feeding on texts amongst cliques of girls. Likewise, the seedy A/S/L Bugz were first discovered feeding on conversations in some of the seedier chat rooms.
The broader category of TXT Bugz is considered by many technothaumaturgical evolutionists to be a direct descendant of the long established Book Worm.
It’s theorised that the evolutionary split took place during the expansion of the American telegraph system. As the night telegraph operators started to use the system to talk amongst themselves, the late night wires buzzed with written jokes and stories. Enough emotional energy was charged into the messages that some bookworms that encountered the wires latched on and started to feed.
Of course the early TXT Bugz bore simple markings of dashes and dots. This changed during the second world war when the emotionally charged death notifications started to pass along the wires. The emotionally charged messages were enough to create the link between the emotional sentiment and the actual language it’s self, creating the TXT Bugz we know today.