Celebrating 25 years of texts, this is what it said

The first SMS was sent in 1992 by a Vodaphone test engineer named Neil Papworth from his PC to a colleague at a party celebrating the event

"Looking back with hindsight, it's clear to see that the Christmas message I sent was a pivotal moment in mobile history", the Sky News quoted him as saying.

"I don't know if they really thought it was going to be a big thing", Mr Papworth said. "I spelt it with the full words - not Xmas".

Since then, the text message which is sent through the phone service provider, has been joined by social messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, which use the internet, with the text evolving to smiley faces, emojis, GIFs and animojis.

It took a while for texting to catch on.

"I had no idea just how popular texting would become, and that this would give rise to emojis and messaging apps used by millions", Papworth said.

And perhaps because they missed that initial adoption, Americans still don't add the customary "x" at the end of a message. December 3 marks 25 years since mobile telephones moved beyond mere audio.

Marking the 25th anniversary since the first text, Papworth has imagined a more modern version of his 1992 Christmas message, this time using emojis. More than 561 billion text messages were sent worldwide in June 2014, about 18.7 billion texts sent every day, according researcher TextRequest.

When Twitter launched in July 2006, it borrowed SMS's 140 character limit.

The publication reminds us of Mark Zuckerberg's statement past year that "daily activity on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp combined was three times the number of SMS messages sent worldwide - 60 billion compared to 20 billion".

SMS still has a future, though, because it works where very few data standards will work, Ms Bruton says.

It would be about another year, he explains, before handsets would able to send message as well as receive them.



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