(Image source: ABC News)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Here’s some trivia for you... one big part of your life is celebrating a big milestone this week. No, it’s not a family member, or an important person in history... it’s text messaging. BRB, The Wall Street Journal has more.

“Texting, or more accurately, the short message service, is 20 years old. It helped revolutionize mobile communications and change the way the world operates.”

The first SMS was sent December 3, 1992, by Neil Papworth, an engineer working in the UK, reading “Merry Christmas” to a friend across town. So the BBC had a brilliant idea... why not interview the creator of text messages THROUGH text messages?

The BBC asked, “It’s been estimated 8 trillion text messages were sent last year. 20yrs ago how popular did you think sms would get and what did you think it would be used for?”
And Papworth responded, noting, “20yrs ago I didn’t see sms as separate issue – it was just a feature in the revolutionary mobile communications system. Very useful for quick business needs.”

But the Register reports things may be slowing down when it comes to texting.
“Like voice minutes the quantity of text messaging is now at a plateau if not slowly declining as social networks become ubiquitous … SMS was certainly intended to replicate the functionality of a pager, though it ended up being far more than that...”

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Dec 3, 2012

OMG: Texting Turns 20

 

(Image source: ABC News)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

Here’s some trivia for you... one big part of your life is celebrating a big milestone this week. No, it’s not a family member, or an important person in history... it’s text messaging. BRB, The Wall Street Journal has more.

“Texting, or more accurately, the short message service, is 20 years old. It helped revolutionize mobile communications and change the way the world operates.”

The first SMS was sent December 3, 1992, by Neil Papworth, an engineer working in the UK, reading “Merry Christmas” to a friend across town. So the BBC had a brilliant idea... why not interview the creator of text messages THROUGH text messages?

The BBC asked, “It’s been estimated 8 trillion text messages were sent last year. 20yrs ago how popular did you think sms would get and what did you think it would be used for?”
And Papworth responded, noting, “20yrs ago I didn’t see sms as separate issue – it was just a feature in the revolutionary mobile communications system. Very useful for quick business needs.”

But the Register reports things may be slowing down when it comes to texting.
“Like voice minutes the quantity of text messaging is now at a plateau if not slowly declining as social networks become ubiquitous … SMS was certainly intended to replicate the functionality of a pager, though it ended up being far more than that...”

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