Text messaging has quietly helped lead the mobile revolution. In 2011, it’s estimated that some 8 trillion text messages were sent around the world. For the under-21 crowd, texting was even preferred to talking by 71 percent of respondents in a 2011 poll.
And what’s not to love about texting? It’s a discreet and incredibly simple form of communication that can pretty much happen anywhere, at anytime — except in the driver’s seat, in many states. In fact, its early simplicity in restricting messages to a 160-character count inspired the founders of Twitter to follow its lead by implementing a 140 character count limit as they developed the now wildly popular social networking service.
Getting a little ahead of the party, the Nokia Connects blog is celebrating the birth of the text message, which it dates to some time around Christmas 1992, when Neil Papworth texted Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, “Happy Christmas.”
In honor of texting’s big 2-0, Nokia has gathered some fun facts about the technology, which has increased in usage, but not changed all that much in its features:
How has text messaging changed the way you communicate?