SMS or short message service is immensely popular among mobile phone users today [1]. It has been found that in the Philippines the average user sent 2,300 messages in year 2003 [2], which is a testimony of immense popularity and the growth of text messaging. But it is primarily used for peer-to-peer communication. It has not widely being used for public or social communications.
Nowadays electronic displays can be seen everywhere we go. These public displays are mainly used for conveying information rather than provide artistic and social communication which is essential. Modern day life is very fast paced and stressful. Ironically we spend a substantial amount of our precious time in airports, train stations, etc. One of the devices that most of us have is a mobile phone. It is an interesting concept if we can promote artistic and social communication using mobile phones and public displays.

BlogWall is an extension of the existing text messaging to a new level of self-expression and public communication, combining visual art and poetry. Furthermore it will provide a means of expression in the language that young people understand, and the forms of social communication, which is an essential part of their lives. The application enables a person not only to express herself artistically but also entertain the masses in a form of digital graffiti. Figure 1 shows some young students enjoying the BlogWall setup at the Singapore Science Centre.

There are several modes available in BlogWall. These modes can be activated based on user requirements. In the basic mode the application will only display SMS on the BlogWall in an interesting way. The polling mode enables the application to gather data from the public. Keyword recognition mode in the application enables the application to trigger an internal function based on contents of the SMS. In the current version the triggering word get replaced with an image.
In the poetry mode a poem will be created with the means of the user SMS. “i.plot" [3] is a system that discovers hidden connections between unrelated words by tracing possible paths through a database, traversing many two-word connections built from content based on publicly available resources. The developed system extends the concept of “i.plot" further by creating a new type of poetry by elevating SMS to new art form. The longest words in the SMS are selected to locate synonyms from the Internet (currently by using the “Free dictionary website" [4]). The synonyms are used to rate poem lines out of a database. The highest rated lines will be shown to the user. The extension of this poetry mode is the creation of cultural poetry. The system uses databases containing Korean, Chinese and Japanese poetry and their English meaning. Synonyms found from the Internet are used to select poetry from these databases. The original text message, poetry in original language and its English meaning are displayed on the screen.

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3. N. Tosa, A. R. Torroella, B. Ellis, S. Matsuoka, and R. Nakatsu. Computing inspiration: i.plot. In SIGGRAPH '05: ACM SIGGRAPH 2005 Emerging technologies, page 3, New York, NY, USA, 2005. ACM Press.
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