World's first text message sent 25 years ago today


In 1992, Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old software programmer, sent the first ever text message from a computer to his colleague Richard Jarvis.

25 years have passed since first text message was sent. The message "Merry Christmas" was typed on a PC, but was received on a mobile, so the owner was unable to reply, at that time.

But texting didn't take off over night.

She said: "For the very first time we have mobile telephones which are more than just literal mobile telephones".

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

"So many people now have data plans and there's a great deal of choice of online messaging platforms available".

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And perhaps because they missed that initial adoption, Americans still don't add the customary "x" at the end of a message.

However, as Elizabeth Bruton of London's Science Museum pointed out, the creation of texting was "an incredibly important development in the history of mobile telephones", as it marked the point when phones moved beyond mere audio.

At first, text messages had a 160-character limit.

SMS changed norms of social interaction.

It pioneered one-to-many communication - you could send the same message to many different contacts. Moreover, the emergence of SMS has given a big boost to emojis and messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram, which are used by millions.

In 2015, 30 billion messages were sent every day globally on WhatsApp, compared to 20 billion sent via SMS. Majority also use a new set of sub-languages based on abbreviations and keyboard-based icons have evolved. Using the old keyboards to send a hurried text under the desk at school on the brick phones which wouldn't lose battery for like a week?