Txtpedia is a simple reference guide for all things shorthand. Its focus is on the teenage language of text messaging, although it applies generally to most of the abbreviations on the Internet as well. The app includes over 1,500 abbreviations and is perfect for both those in and not in the know.
Txtpedia’s interface is simple. When you start the app you’re presented with a long list of abbreviations. To jump to an abbreviation, you can tap a letter along the side (just like the iPod app) to jump to all of the abbreviations that start with that letter. Once you find the abbreviation you’re looking for, simply tap it to reveal its meaning. You can also search using the bar at the top.
Searching for a full phrase doesn’t actually bring up abbreviations. To do that, you have to flip the app to show full phrases. From there, you can search through phrases which you can tap on to get the abbreviation for. I would really like to see the search feature work on both sides regardless of which one you’re currently on.
The sheer number of abbreviations included in the app is incredible. Although the app itself is quite simple, it can certainly serve as a handy reference for parents and kids alike. Foul language is also blocked out for those who don’t want to be bombarded by the insane amount of obscenity on the Internet.
The good: Simple to figure out, 1,500 abbreviations. You can search by abbreviation or phrase and look up the opposite for both. Foul language is blocked.
The bad: There’s no alphabet on the side for full phrases and the search bar doesn’t search across both phrases and abbreviations at the same time. There’s no way to disable language blocking.
The Bottom line: If you’re looking for a pocket reference for today’s Internet and SMS shorthand, Txtpedia is a great choice. It’s easy to use and includes tons of abbreviations.