Happy B-day SMS

by Claudia J
Today being the last blog, I decided to write about an interesting article written by John Biggs which talked about the history of the SMS. The article was called “Happy Birthday SMS” which caught my attention right away. This article discussed how a programmer from the United Kingdom in December 3rd from 1992 sent by the very first time a few lines of messages saying “Merry Christmas” from his computer to his friend’s phone. He sent his messages through the “new” technique known as short messaging service (SMS). However, this new way of communication didn’t become so popular and into effect until sever years after. Today there are about eight trillion messages crossing the air yearly where only adults between 18 to 25 years old send about 133 messages a week.

It is important to mention that the SMS started with the pagers which started off in telegraphy and telex. This SMS communication became popular as technology devices have been improved up to now. I think this article is quite interesting because we all need to get some information on the history behind the technology we use today.

It also connects to the class because we have discussed databases and data management and SMS along MMS are also taking over a good amount of space only in data allocation. It is just amazing seeing how social media are generating tremendous amount of data from all the people that use these sites.

Brigs, John., (Dec 2, 2012) . Happy Birthday, SMS! Retrieved December 2, 2012 from http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/02/happy-birthday-sms/

3 thoughts on “Happy B-day SMS

  • December 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm
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    I think it is quite interesting that test messaging evolved from telegraphy and teletex. I use my phone everyday and I text everyday so I cannot imagine a world without phone text. Before we can only send text, then we were able to send pictures, who knows what we will be able send in the near future. Maybe 3D or even 4D images?

  • December 3, 2012 at 1:19 am
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    Glad to know how text messaging started, thanks for sharing this Claudia. I remember using a pager in the late 90s early 2000s and how popular it was to have those things. Then cell phones became more and more popular and now texting is the way everyone communicates. Like Danny said, what will the next new technology? Maybe holograms messages? That would be awesome.

  • December 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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    Very good spin on the SMS and MMS angle Claudia. At first I didn’t understand how SMS was related to database, but I think your point on how SMS and mobile messaging and mobile communication has taken up the airways is especially important. I only got a twitter account maybe a few weeks back via my iPhone and my tweets went from less than a hundred to the now astonishing figure of 540 (and growing) in a few weeks! That is not including retweets and favorites that Twitter’s database meticulously records. I’m sure the programmer from the UK who sent the first, “Merry Christmas” message was not thinking how big the movement he had begun would grow to, or the affects of that movement on how databases in telecom companies function worldwide.

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