Office culture is changing rapidly. Many companies now allow employees to use group messaging apps like iMessage or WhatsApp to talk to one another. It's a new and largely unregulated medium. The odds are that it's just a matter of time before careless employee chat habits leave companies open to cyber attack, costing them their jobs and possibly their bosses' jobs too.
Soon enough, clear front runners emerged from the noise. This is perhaps best illustrated by the popularity of WhatsApp, whose 450 million users recently convinced Facebook it was worth paying $19 billion to acquire. But what is it about these stand-outs that gave them lasting power? What is it about the apps that succeed? Is it pure luck or something more?
And so, it was the 3 December, 1992, when the first ever text message was sent, by 22-year-old British engineer Neil Papworth. On this day, Neil marked his place in the history books, revolutionising communication as we know it today, all by sending a text message that read "Happy Christma" (the 's' was missed off)