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)
There are fascinating lessons to be drawn from the use of Twitter by comedians. Twitter, somewhat unexpectedly has found itself to be an oasis of comedy. The making of comedians used to be shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. A blistering performance there and the Hammersmith Apollo would soon be beckoning. Frankie Boyle commented recently that now no comedian need to wait for their day in the sun to blurt funny topical lines on TV panels shows, they can now ad lib in the moment on Twitter.
Every few weeks, my wife receives text messages from her hairdresser reminding her about appointments or checking if she would like to book an appointment via a special offer. This started a number of years ago and has become a welcome part of her life. This approach has now been adopted by a number of other local businesses we use. We now receive alerts about offers, sales, Christmas opening times and other activities. For us, it's a useful addition that we find far less intrusive than a phone call and more likely to be read than an email.