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Texting SMS

Is texting becoming a universal language? Or has it already?

Txt n Frnc: Parlez SMS?

“There’s a snack like piece in the Economist on how the French are revolting against SMS truncification of the “langue glorieuse de la France.” Seems President Bling himself, Mon. Sarkozy’s concern is DefCon Level 1: “Look at what text-messaging is doing to the French language!>”

Recall that about 30 years ago at the dawn of globalization France rebelled at the intrusion of English in all the marketing messages corrupting their national identity. Today the use of English is severly ristricted in advertising or on the radio, and english straplines require a French translation. Quelle horreur. C’est un menace!! Beaucoup d’agitation de rien!! [Much ado about nothing].

No doubt the next step will be restrictions on text messaging!!” Source Paul Ruppert

Muriella’s Corner says:

Texting is becoming the next Esperanto – universal language. Everyone, everywhere, every age, every gender is texting. There are romance txts, trading txts, gossip txts, relationships txts, all text messages to fit every event, every activity on the planet. There is also texting going on in every language under the sun.

In some cases, it is reported that women traders in Africa hire scribes and readers to write and read their text messages as regards the products they sell and buy; in Palestine a youth, being enamored of a young Israeli girl opted for texting to portray his love, but since he could not read nor write , he was helped to create his romantic messages by a sympathetic teacher who saw the chance to teach literacy through text messaging.

Short Message Service (SMS) or texting, is a communications protocol allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices. The SMS technology has facilitated the development and growth of text messaging. The connection between the phenomenon of text messaging and the underlying technology is so great that in parts of the world the term “SMS” is used colloquially as a synonym for a text message from another person or the act of sending a text message (even when, as with MMS, a different underlying protocol is being used) Source: Wikipedia)

Adding text messaging to the services of mobile users began in the 1980s – but with the burgeoning and ballooning of mobile phones worldwide, text messaging is the communication of choice among users of cell phones. It is even replacing chat as a faster and more economical way to communicate.

After possibly the first text message in 1992 – from computer to mobile phone wishing Happy Xmas – the rest is history.

Today, billions of text messages fly through the airwaves every day, and they are a bedrock of revenue and profit for the world’s telecommunications companies. They have inspired their own shorthand in languages written around the world; some relationships live and die on the strength of the 160-character, thumb-typed phone texts. Read More Here

There is no doubt that our communication landscape is changing rapidly with the availability and accessibility of mobile phones and the SMS that accompanies it. Who knows where this will lead to – some say that it will be a way of ending poverty, others that it will bridge the economic divide, and you?

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Below gives an idea of how text messaging has developed in one country – The United Kingdom

SMS Text Messaging
A Brief History of UK Text

  • The first text message was sent in December 1992
  • SMS was launched commercially for the first time in 1995
  • 1998 – Interconnect between UK Operators O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile
  • December 2002 – 1 billion SMS per day were exchanged globally
  • The MDA has forecast that a total 20 billion text messages will be sent in the UK by the end of 2003 compared to the figure of 16.8 billion for 2002
  • 78% of the UK population own a mobile phone, of which over 70% send text messages
  • Text messages contribute up to 16 % of operator revenues
  • 95% of 16-24 year olds use text messaging regularly, each sending an average of 100 texts per month
  • UK mobile phone owners now send 55 million text messages on a typical day across the four UK GSM network operators
  • On average, over 2.3 million messages are sent every hour in Britain.
  • The total number of text messages sent in the UK during July 2003 totaled 1.68 billion, compared to 1.3 billion in July 2002 and 992 million in July 2001.
  • The first recorded monthly text message total was 5.4 million, in April 1998
    On New Year’s Eve 2002, the number of text messages sent in one day topped one hundred million for the first time.
  • 78 million text messages were sent by Britons on Valentine’s Day 2003, 6 times more than traditional cards and a 37% increase on text figures for 2002.
  • In December 2002, 1.6 billion text messages were sent in Britain as the traditional Christmas card was dumped in favour of a seasonal text message.
  • A-Level – 67 million messages were sent throughout the UK on August 14th 2003, compared to 53 million text messages on A-level result day, August 2002.
  • August 2001 was the first month in which over one billion messages were sent in the UK.
    The first local and mayoral electoral vote in the UK by text message took place on 23rd May 2002.
  • The peak hours for texting are between 10.30pm and 11.00pm.
  • The first TV programme to use text messaging in a storyline was Eastenders, in 2000
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Comments on: "Texting SMS" (2)

  1. A really interesting article. Thanks for putting it online.

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