A report on Text messaging

A text message using SMS – the 160 character limit led to the abbreviations of "SMS language"
A text message on an iPhone announcing an AMBER Alert
A multimedia message displayed on a mobile phone
SMS is used to send "welcome" messages to mobile phones roaming between countries. Here, T-Mobile welcomes a Proximus subscriber to the UK, and Base welcomes an Orange UK customer to Belgium.
This sticker seen in Paris satirizes the popularity of communication in SMS shorthand. In French: "Is that you? / It's me! / Do you love me? / Shut up!"
A driver with attention divided between a mobile phone and the road ahead
Two girls text during class at school
A text message that (he says) promises 500 Libyan dinars ($400) to anyone who "makes noise" in support of Gaddafi in the coming days
A recruitment ban in French SMS language: «Slt koi29 on é jamé 2tro @ s batre pour la P. ;-)» = «''Salut! Quoi de neuf? On n'est jamais de trop à se battre pour la Paix!»
Some health organizations manage text messaging services to help people avoid smoking

Act of composing and sending electronic messages, typically consisting of alphabetic and numeric characters, between two or more users of mobile devices, desktops/laptops, or another type of compatible computer.

- Text messaging
A text message using SMS – the 160 character limit led to the abbreviations of "SMS language"

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A smiley-face emoticon

Emoticon

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Emote, is a pictorial representation of a facial expression using characters—usually punctuation marks, numbers, and letters—to express a person's feelings, mood or reaction, or as a time-saving method.

Emote, is a pictorial representation of a facial expression using characters—usually punctuation marks, numbers, and letters—to express a person's feelings, mood or reaction, or as a time-saving method.

A smiley-face emoticon
Examples of kaomoji smileys
Cover of the French magazine Le Charivari, text of a legal ruling against it in the shape of a pear, 1834.
Transcript of a speech by Abraham Lincoln in 1862
"Typographical art" published in the March 30, 1881 issue of Puck
Kaomoji on a Japanese NTT Docomo mobile phone
A Kaomoji painting in Japan
The Japanese custom of dogeza
Patented drop down menu for composing phone mail text message with emoticons.

As SMS mobile text messaging and the Internet became widespread in the late 1990s, emoticons became increasingly popular and were commonly used in texting, Internet forums, and e-mails.

This screenshot shows the "Inbox" page of an email client; users can see new emails and take actions, such as reading, deleting, saving, or responding to these messages.

Email

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Method of exchanging messages ("mail") between people using electronic devices.

Method of exchanging messages ("mail") between people using electronic devices.

This screenshot shows the "Inbox" page of an email client; users can see new emails and take actions, such as reading, deleting, saving, or responding to these messages.
The at sign, a part of every SMTP email address
When a "robot" on Wikipedia makes changes to image files, the uploader receives an email about the changes made.
Email operation
The interface of an email client, Thunderbird.

Young people preferred instant messaging, texting and social media.

Over-the-top media service

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Media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet.

Media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet.

OTT messaging is defined as instant messaging services or online chat provided by third parties, as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator.

iTap in action

ITap

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Predictive text technology developed for mobile phones, developed by Motorola employees as a competitor to T9.

Predictive text technology developed for mobile phones, developed by Motorola employees as a competitor to T9.

iTap in action

This makes some of the modern mobile phones features like text messaging and note-taking easier.

Keypad used by T9.

T9 (predictive text)

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Predictive text technology for mobile phones , originally developed by Tegic Communications, now part of Nuance Communications.

Predictive text technology for mobile phones , originally developed by Tegic Communications, now part of Nuance Communications.

Keypad used by T9.
Screenshot, LG V60 Android, using T9 predictive text in "4x3" keyboard format. Screenshot taken 2020/08/06

T9's objective is to make it easier to enter text messages.

Richard Ling

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Communications scholar who focuses on mobile communication.

Communications scholar who focuses on mobile communication.

He has studied the social consequences of mobile communication, text messaging and mobile telephony.

A telephone keypad using the ITU E 1.161 International Standard.

Telephone keypad

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Keypad installed on a push-button telephone or similar telecommunication device for dialing a telephone number.

Keypad installed on a push-button telephone or similar telecommunication device for dialing a telephone number.

A telephone keypad using the ITU E 1.161 International Standard.
Telephone with letters on its rotary dial (1950s, UK)
British GPO 726 telephone of 1967.
A standard telephone keypad.
The official toll-free hotline for the California Department of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program is 1-866-236-7824, but signs advertise the number as 1-866-ADOPTAHWY, with two extra digits, for memorability.
Mobile phone keypad with Latin and Japanese letters.

In feature phones the letters on the keys are used for text entry tasks such as text messaging, entering names in the phone book, and browsing the web.

Smart mob on occasion of United Nations 'Children's Day'.
Vienna, Austria, in 2010-11-20.

Smart mob

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Group whose coordination and communication abilities have been empowered by digital communication technologies.

Group whose coordination and communication abilities have been empowered by digital communication technologies.

Smart mob on occasion of United Nations 'Children's Day'.
Vienna, Austria, in 2010-11-20.

According to CNN, the first smart mobs were teenage "thumb tribes" in Tokyo and Helsinki who used text messaging on cell phones to organize impromptu raves or to stalk celebrities.

Rescue workers in front of the Metrolink locomotive lying on its side after penetrating the lead passenger car (left)

2008 Chatsworth train collision

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The 2008 Chatsworth Train Collision occurred at 4:22:23 p.m. PDT (23:22:23 UTC) on September 12, 2008, when a Union Pacific freight train and a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

The 2008 Chatsworth Train Collision occurred at 4:22:23 p.m. PDT (23:22:23 UTC) on September 12, 2008, when a Union Pacific freight train and a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on in the Chatsworth neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

Rescue workers in front of the Metrolink locomotive lying on its side after penetrating the lead passenger car (left)
Recovery workers stand near the rear of the Metrolink locomotive after it was removed from the lead passenger car, where most of the serious injuries and deaths occurred.
KCAL-TV news showed a text message allegedly sent by the Metrolink train's engineer 22 seconds before the crash.

The NTSB blamed the Metrolink train's engineer, 46-year-old Robert M. Sanchez, for the collision, concluding that he was distracted by text messages he was sending while on duty.

NSW Police observing crowds prior to confrontations

2005 Cronulla riots

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The 2005 Cronulla riots were a race riot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The 2005 Cronulla riots were a race riot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

NSW Police observing crowds prior to confrontations
Crowd with mounted police and ambulance in background. Near North Cronulla Beach First Aid room
Police presence at Peryman Square, Cronulla. 12 December 2015

Following the reporting of this event by the tabloid media and "shock jocks" on local radio, a racially motivated gathering was organised via chain texting for the following weekend.