20 years ago

You see people everywhere text messaging. It has become a way of life for some to not call and verbally say “hello” but to send a text message instead.  Twenty years ago, on December 3, 1992 a young Canadian test engineer sat down and typed out a very simple message, “Merry Christmas.” It flew over the Vodafone network to the phone. The first text message had been sent!

According to reports, Mr. Papworth was seated before a computer terminal in a machinery room for the Sema company in Newbury, west of London, about to test a new messaging system for the Vodafone network. Vodafone was having a Christmas party in a separate building, and Mr. Papworth typed,” Merry Christmas” to a company official at the party and hit “send.”

That one message opened the world to everyone! Consider how many mobile phones there are in the world, there are billions. You can send a text to anyone, and reach anyone.

By 1995, people were only sending .4 text messages a month on average. Things couldn’t be more wildly different today. In 2010, the world sent over 6.1 trillion messages, or roughly 193,000 per second. Amazing! It has become so popular to send a text message that it has become illegal in some states to text while driving.

I have been in waiting rooms and heard ring tones that say, “Boss, you have a message.”  or other sounds of a beep, whistle or music tones, all revealing someone has gotten a text message.  What ring tone do you hear when you get a message? Let us know with a reply to this post.

Enjoy your day and remember what Mr. Papworth wrote, Merry CHRISTmas not Happy Holidays!

Until tomorrow,

Gavin and Rosie @ Sweet Conclusions

 

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