Aussie teen is world’s fastest texter

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 17:07 PM IST

Melbourne: Melbourne teenager Cheong Kit Au has been formally recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest texter on the planet.

The talented student from Melbourne High has won 10,000 dollars and the chance to compete in the LG World Cup in New York in late January.

The 16-year-old whipped through a 264-character text in 1min 17.03sec, smashing the previous world record by a stunning 43 seconds for typing on a qwerty-style keypad, reports

He picked up another 3000 dollars bonus for that effort.
He can text blindfolded, backwards and while holding the phone upside down.

Even during his chat with the Herald Sun, the SMS speedster was in constant contact with mates - including one just metres away.

"It’s just like a big conversation, sort of Twitter on
steroids," he said.

The slightly built teen with nimble fingers doesn’t seem to care if it’s an iPhone, Nokia, LG or any of the other smart phones, given his intricate knowledge of their inner workings.