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(Abc.net.au)   Text messaging turns 25 years old. OMG   ( abc.net.au) divider line
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-12-03 09:06:51 AM  
For the first many of those years, texting was an adult habit. Kids did not yet have cell phones surgically implanted in their palms right after birth.

That's not to say texting was serious business. In 2000 my company insisted that everybody needed to be reachable 24x7 in case one of our nonexistent customers had a crisis. I refused to take a cell phone, but the people who complied ended up with the ability to text. Since we didn't have customers, they mainly texted dirty jokes at each other.
 
2017-12-03 09:53:25 AM  
Meh. That thing in your hand also transmits voices. You want a conversation? Call me.
 
2017-12-03 10:01:50 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: Meh. That thing in your hand also transmits voices. You want a conversation? Call me.


Voice is the least-used app on my phone.
 
2017-12-03 10:18:48 AM  
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2017-12-03 10:44:49 AM  
IBM mainframes had texting capabilities back in the 80s**. I would get a message on my terminal that so-and-so wanted to "talk" to his colleague in, say, Tel Aviv. I'd initiate an exchange and sit back and wait. Every linked mainframe would send back an acknowledgement that it had received the message to the computer which had sent them the message and each acknowledgement would be sent back and so a little line of receipts would grow on the terminal screen. When we finally roused the user at the far end I'd get another message from him and that would be my prompt to go get the user at our end so the pair could text. It was a little like what I imagine an early long distance telephone call was like. (c.f. The Lady Vanishes).

It was klutzy even then, but there was an air of novelty to it, too.

**and possibly before
 
2017-12-03 10:48:23 AM  
Another annoying Millennial.
 
2017-12-03 11:14:41 AM  
I was texting 23 years ago. I vaguely remember being edgy. (had a typewriter-like base station)
 
2017-12-03 12:48:34 PM  

yakmans_dad: IBM mainframes had texting capabilities back in the 80s**. I would get a message on my terminal that so-and-so wanted to "talk" to his colleague in, say, Tel Aviv. I'd initiate an exchange and sit back and wait. Every linked mainframe would send back an acknowledgement that it had received the message to the computer which had sent them the message and each acknowledgement would be sent back and so a little line of receipts would grow on the terminal screen. When we finally roused the user at the far end I'd get another message from him and that would be my prompt to go get the user at our end so the pair could text. It was a little like what I imagine an early long distance telephone call was like. (c.f. The Lady Vanishes).


Subby missed an important detail: 25 years since the first message was sent to a mobile phone. We had all kindsa messaging fun on Atex terminals in 1984--especially when we accidentally broadcast messages to everybody on the network.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-12-03 02:28:08 PM  
I had instant messaging in college in the 1980s. It had access control lists and group messaging, like Slack, but attaching documents to messages was never implemented. The design anticipated having pointers to big payloads, but that was never made part of the message system. You'd have to say "look in ~foo/bar/plan".
 
2017-12-03 03:39:42 PM  

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2017-12-03 05:18:14 PM  
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2017-12-03 05:58:18 PM  
Bout 45-50 years back dad's lumberyard had a telex which you could use to text back and forth with any other telex in the world. Ours mainly handled traffic tween LA, fiji, and australia...
 
2017-12-03 06:17:14 PM  
More like 173 years ago.
 
2017-12-03 06:24:22 PM  

skiinstructor: Bout 45-50 years back dad's lumberyard had a telex which you could use to text back and forth with any other telex in the world. Ours mainly handled traffic tween LA, fiji, and australia...


But was it able to send unsolicited dick pics?
 
2017-12-03 06:52:01 PM  
And yet the character limit is still 160 characters. Yes I know smartphones will split it into two and send them mostly simultaneously if you go over that, I still find it annoying and constraining. I try to avoid splitting messages to avoid it seeming like I'm spamming someone, but I'm not usually very succinct and am tired of having to fiddle with punctuation and word choice until I somehow cram what I'm saying into 160 characters.
 
2017-12-03 07:14:57 PM  
In HighSchool I hated texting but that was mainly because it was hard to text without a full keyboard. At least for me anyway.  After college I got a phone with a keyboard and started to like texting. Now if I am off work and someone from work calls me, I don't answer but if they text me a question I will respond.
I thought I texted a lot, 700-800 texts in a month compared to my wife sending/receiving 200-300. Then we became foster parents to my wife's 15 year old niece. We got her a phone so that we could get ahold of her and she could call us when her swim practice was over. Last month, she sent/received over 1,500 texts and that's not including iMessages.
 
2017-12-03 07:21:49 PM  

SteveFU: In HighSchool I hated texting but that was mainly because it was hard to text without a full keyboard. At least for me anyway.  After college I got a phone with a keyboard and started to like texting. Now if I am off work and someone from work calls me, I don't answer but if they text me a question I will respond.
I thought I texted a lot, 700-800 texts in a month compared to my wife sending/receiving 200-300. Then we became foster parents to my wife's 15 year old niece. We got her a phone so that we could get ahold of her and she could call us when her swim practice was over. Last month, she sent/received over 1,500 texts and that's not including iMessages.


I just looked at last months bill and I was way off.  The 15 year old sent/received over 4,000 texts last month.  
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2017-12-03 07:36:23 PM  

SteveFU: SteveFU: In HighSchool I hated texting but that was mainly because it was hard to text without a full keyboard. At least for me anyway.  After college I got a phone with a keyboard and started to like texting. Now if I am off work and someone from work calls me, I don't answer but if they text me a question I will respond.
I thought I texted a lot, 700-800 texts in a month compared to my wife sending/receiving 200-300. Then we became foster parents to my wife's 15 year old niece. We got her a phone so that we could get ahold of her and she could call us when her swim practice was over. Last month, she sent/received over 1,500 texts and that's not including iMessages.

I just looked at last months bill and I was way off.  The 15 year old sent/received over 4,000 texts last month.  [img.fark.net image 425x298][View Full Size image _x_]


How many were just "lol", "k", "idk" or "OMG"?  Most texts aren't coherent sentences, especially when the texter is a teen.
 
2017-12-03 09:27:12 PM  

darwinpolice: skiinstructor: Bout 45-50 years back dad's lumberyard had a telex which you could use to text back and forth with any other telex in the world. Ours mainly handled traffic tween LA, fiji, and australia...

But was it able to send unsolicited dick pics?


You could telex a dick pic, but it had to be hand-entered in ascii form.
 
2017-12-03 09:29:52 PM  

LurkerSupreme: And yet the character limit is still 160 characters. Yes I know smartphones will split it into two and send them mostly simultaneously if you go over that, I still find it annoying and constraining. I try to avoid splitting messages to avoid it seeming like I'm spamming someone, but I'm not usually very succinct and am tired of having to fiddle with punctuation and word choice until I somehow cram what I'm saying into 160 characters.


IIRC the digital cellular network had a data packet included in the system for system messages and stuff. It was only later that someone realised it could be used for actual customers to send messages to each other. Hence the character limit. It was never originally intended to be for messages between users.
 
2017-12-04 06:40:09 AM  
WYSIWYG

Been around for a long time...

~ SNAFU
 
2017-12-04 02:26:20 PM  
Proof that Internet should be Christian controlled. The first text message was "Merry Christmas" back when we weren't a Muslim Atheist ruled post-apocalyptic wasteland
 
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