Jump to navigation Jump to search “Txt msg” redirects here. For the TV series, see Pop-Up Video. As of 2017, text messages are used by youth and adults for personal, family and social purposes and in business. Governmental and non-online sex texting organizations use text messaging for communication between colleagues.
As with emailing, in the 2010s, the sending of short informal messages has become an accepted part of many cultures. The service is referred to by different colloquialisms depending on the region. It may simply be referred to as a “text” in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, an “SMS” in most of mainland Europe, or an “MMS” or “SMS” in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The sender of a text message is commonly referred to as a “texter”. The electrical telegraph systems, developed in the early 19th century, used simple electrical signals to send text messages. In the late 19th century, the wireless telegraphy was developed using radio waves. The University of Hawaii began using radio to send digital information as early as 1971, using ALOHAnet.
Friedhelm Hillebrand conceptualised SMS in 1984 while working for Deutsche Telekom. Initial growth of text messaging was slow, with customers in 1995 sending on average only 0. 4 message per GSM customer per month. Texting is also used to communicate very brief messages, such as informing someone that you will be late or reminding a friend or colleague about a meeting. As with e-mail, informality and brevity have become an accepted part of text messaging. Short message services are developing very rapidly throughout the world. United States, Australia and New Zealand and is also gaining influence in Africa.
Texting became popular in the Philippines in 1998. In 2001, text messaging played an important role in deposing former Philippine president Joseph Estrada. Similarly, in 2008, text messaging played a primary role in the implication of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in an SMS sex scandal. Research suggests that Internet-based mobile messaging will have grown to equal the popularity of SMS in 2013, with nearly 10 trillion messages being sent through each technology. Of many texting trends, a system known as microblogging has surfaced, which consists of a miniaturized blog, inspired mainly by people’s tendency to jot down informal thoughts and post them online.