25th anniversary of SMS

Texting turned 25 years old today. On December 3, 1992, Neil Papworth sent “Merry Christmas” via text message to Richard Jarvis, director of Vodafone. It took a while for texting to become the craze, mostly due to the spotty cell coverage of 1992. But that changed when smartphones came onto the scene. in 2007, there were more than 45 billion texts sent. Back then, texting was a lot like Twitter, here was a 160 character limit to texts. (Twitter just recently removed that restriction.)

But will texting survive? With the dawn of the social network, everyone is communicating through Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and others. The answer to this question remains to be found out as the years go by. In 100 years, our great grandchildren will sit around the (digital) fire (simulated with VR contact lenses) and tell stories of the Great days of Texting, and think to themselves: “We have it so easy. They had to actually MOVE THEIR FINGERS to send a message! Imagine that!”

But until that day comes, we still have to move our fingers. (Sorry Uncle Brad)

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