Papworth, a 22-year old software engineer, was seated at a computer terminal on December 3, 1992 in the Newbury office of Sema to test a new messaging system for the Vodafone network.
His first message was sent to a company colleague in another building where Vodafone was celebrating its Christmas party.
Papworth’s message simply read: Merry Christmas
It would be another year before phone to phone text messaging would begin and create an avalanche that is now an accepted part of everyday life.
The texting craze has even spawned its own language with contractions and acronyms like LOL (laugh out loud) and OMG (oh my God) becoming part of the vernacular.
Last year Australians sent more than 10 billion text messages.
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