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)