[Infographic] A Timeline of Text Messaging to Celebrate 19 Years of SMS

To celebrate the birth of text messaging, SMS messaging provider Tatango put together an awesome timeline infographic to illustrate its impressive growth over the last 19 years. On December 3rd, 1992, the first text message was sent from a man named Neil Papworth to colleague Richard Jarvis that simply read “Merry Christmas.”  From that day on, SMS …   Read More

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To celebrate the birth of text messaging, SMS messaging provider Tatango put together an awesome timeline infographic to illustrate its impressive growth over the last 19 years.

On December 3rd, 1992, the first text message was sent from a man named Neil Papworth to colleague Richard Jarvis that simply read “Merry Christmas.”  From that day on, SMS has become one of the most ubiquitous forms of communication in the world — and one of the most effective marketing channels as well.

It wasn’t an overnight success, however, as Americans were only sending about 35 text messages per month in 2000.  Compare that to 2011 where Americans are now sending 357 text messages per month on average while generating $585B for operators worldwide.

History of Text Messaging Timeline
Source: Tatango SMS Marketing

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3 comments

  1. Joel

    Oh owesome,this same very day is my b-dae also,iwas born 3 dec 1992.great to see this post!

  2. Nei Pori

    It is interesting to see that texting is still strong. We are all online almost 24/7 and we tend to tweet and e-mail more than ever, but still it seams that we didn't forget to text a lot.

  3. Derek Johnson

    Awesome, thanks for posting this Justin!

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