Don’t blame me for txtspk, says sender of first SMS (Q&A)


Ppl! Txting is 20 yrs old! Thats soo GR8!

Depending on your perspective, you might thank or blame Matti Makkonen, the pioneer of texting, for how it changed human communication.

Just don’t shoot the first texter.

Neil Papworth is the British-born engineer who actually sent the first text message, 20 years ago today. Typed out on a PC, it was sent to a Richard Jarvis of Vodafone and read: Merry Christmas.

Papworth was working as an engineer at Sema Group Telecoms, which was developing a Short Message Service Centre….  Read more at CNET News