Home / Marketing Infographics / The History of Text Messaging
SMS History

The History of Text Messaging

It’s been 19 years since the very first text message was sent? The first text message was sent on December 03, 1992 to Richard Jarvis from Neil Papworth, who sent the message using his personal computer. The text message read Merry Christmas. Below is a timeline created by Tatango to help your readers understand how text messaging has evolved over the last 19 years. Text messaging alone is now a $565 billion industry and, aside from voice, the most common means of communicating through a mobile device internationally.

Source: Tatango SMS Marketing

Free Online SEO Audit

About Adam Small

Adam Small is the CEO of Connective Mobile, a text messaging solution offering group texting, subscription management, both SMS and MMS, and a robust API that's integrated as a third party solution for major marketing technology platforms.

Check Also

Opt-In SMS

SMS: How to Optimize and Grow Your Text Message Opt-Ins

While other channels continue to be more popular, there’s one communication channel that continues to …

3 comments

  1. Great infographic, it’s actually really interesting to see
    how text messaging started and evolved over the years, thanks.

  2. I can’t believe that we’ve only really been texting for less than 10 years yet we don’t know how we ever lived without it! HA 

    Andrea Vadas, Realtor
    Search the Indianapolis MLS for FREE!

Leave a Reply