Text Messaging Turns 20 Years Old

Text messaging has been around for 20 years now. SMS (Short Message Service) - aka texting - has been a lucrative feature for telecom providers, and a popular one for mobile phone users - some of whom have the creaky thumbs to show for it. It may be waning a bit in its purest form though, as people are now also using things like Twitter or other app-type methods.

By 2003 exam markers had grown concerned about text language being used in answers; a 13-year-old girl wrote an essay in text shorthand, which said in part: "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :- kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc." (Or in longhand: "My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before, we used to go to New York to see my brother, his girlfriend and their three (!) kids face to face. I love New York, it's a great place.")


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