Wow! On 3 December, it will be twenty years to the day since Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old technician was sitting at a computer terminal in Vodafone’s Newbury HQ, where the company were having their Christmas party. Imbued with festive spirit, Papworth sent the telenote message ‘Merry Christmas’ from his computer to technical director Richard Jarvis’s Orbitel 901 phone. Little did he know that two decades later, telenotes would be called texts.
I cannot help but wonder whether the impact of texts has been positive or negative - they have certainly created a whole new vocabulary and more ways to represent laughing than you could ever have imagined you would need!
Of course, sometimes our texts really don't convey what we meant and the web is full of examples of where Autocorrect (the texter's nemesis) does a great job of improving an otherwise dull exchange. For example this one:
"Your Mom and I are going to divorce next month"
"OMG what??? Why?
Call me pls..."
"I wrote Disney and the phone changed it. We are going to Disney."
Got any more?