February 8th, 2010
|11:35 am - Cliqmo|
Just got a new mobile phone. How do they pick the words for predictive typing? If I sign off 'Mum' it wants to say 'Nun'. I can't believe that's a more common word. And if I want to sign off 'Alison' it prefers 'Cliqmo'. What the hell is a Cliqmo? The Google, it does nothing. The main thing I get is other people called Alison complaining about mobile phones saying 'Cliqmo' at them.
I have no idea where the prediction dictionaries come from. Some phones seem to learn the words you tend to use, some don't. Most phones manage to come up with some really bizarre words.
My own phone once correctly predicted a pun I was in the middle of typing. The Queen was visiting our office and I arrived too late to get in, as Her Maj's security force had already locked the place down. I started texting apologetically to my boss: "sorry, won't make the meeting, delayed by high w" and the phone cleverly expanded it to "high Windsors".
When your own phone outsmarts you, I guess that's a sign that you need to work on your material.
Or it's the singularity approaching: better smart-arse phones than Skynet
"I keep telling you, my name isn't Skynet, it's Cliqmo."
Mine has a thing where if it can't work out what I'm trying to type it asks "Spell" in a hopeful manner; and once I've spelled the word (or usually name) it seems to remember next time. But if it knows the word already and prefers a less common one, that's not much help.
I taught it Alison, but it will only grudgingly use it in preference to its beloved Cliqmo
When mine comes up with the wrong option, I can step through them and pick the one I want, then it remembers I prefer that one the next time.
I think I might just change my name. I see there are a bunch of Cliqmo's on facebook, so I wouldn't be the first.
I was going to say you could use it next time you need a pseud, but I see there's one on LJ already (who claims her real name is Chloe).
I was amazed that mine thinks 'duck' is more likely than the word I'm usually wanting to spell.
How ducking daft is that?
|Date:||February 8th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)|| |
I hate predictive text. The dull reason is that I am so inept I can't figure out how to overwrite it when it does a bad guess. The bigger reason is it really really irks me, like those people who jump in and finish your sentences for you, but get it completely wrong. "How dare you fucking presume to know what I want to say!" I shout at the handset - though not, of course, when I'm on the bus, as it unnerves the old ladies.
The Google, it does nothing.
You're now on the front page of search results for "cliqmo"!
Not sure what that means, but it's something.
The ones that annoy me are 'cup' instead of 'bus' and 'good' instead of 'home'. Oh, and 'of' instead of 'me'. And I have to scroll through about half a dozen options to get 'fab' (a word I clearly over-use).
If I were you I wouldn't sign your texts unless you're texting someone who doesn't have your number...
('Cliqmo' made me LOL though, so thanks!)
The solution is to change your name to Cliqmo, at which point the law of sod would cause the predictive text to revert to Alison.
|Date:||February 8th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)|| |
My old one used to learn words quite quickly, and then throw the entire lot away every now and then. Very frustrating.
I can't help you, I'm afraid, but I thought I'd let you know that there's a predictive text hashtag on Twitter, by which people can report and track the absurdities of an otherwise generally useful tool. I see the Mum/nun one cropping up so it must be an annoyance to many. Probably an American predictor.
My favorite instance personally wasn't a prediction of the rest of the word, but of the NEXT word. I'd keyed in "reading" and it predicted my next word to be "porn."
Which...not a terrible prediction, all in all.