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To celebrate the birth of text messaging, SMS messaging provider Tatango put together a timeline infographic to illustrate its monumental 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.