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Was SMS invented in 1861?

Posted on 25th February, 2006

An interesting article about how it seems that text messaging may have been invented in 1861 when old technology was found to be surprisingly similar to SMS.

From the article:

Once upon a time, major service providers around the world introduced a short message service allowing people to send multiple messages to each other for a nominal fixed fee. Typically the message space was small, and as a result people invented methods to deal with this by cramming in as much information as possible using shorthand, acronyms and restricted grammar. It became very popular, creating upgrades to services infrastructure, and employing additional people, all despite the fact that people were already using the same service provider to communicate with each other using similar services. Sounds familiar?

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