First Text Message Sent 20 Years Ago Today
Neil Papworth .
Although his Christmas celebrations were a bit premature, Papworth will go down in history as the first person to send a text, kickstarting what would become a revolution in the way we communicate.
Text messaging had been in development since 1984 and was intended as a way for companies to send simple messages to all of their employees. Papworth, 22 at the time, and his team at Sema Group never thought this form of communication would spread to the consumer world and become what it is today.
"I was a young engineer working on new communications technologies...At the time it didn't seem like a big deal." the engineer told the SMS & Mobile Messaging Association at a gathering to mark the text's 15th anniversary in 2007.
Despite arriving in 1992, text messaging was not widespread until the early 2000s, and back in 1995 mobile phone customers sent, on average, less than one text message each per month.
Now though, texting is enormous, with more than eight trillion messages sent in 2011, or over 15 million every minute.
Source: International Business Times.