Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th May 2009 20:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper. As he went along, Hillebrand counted the number of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and spaces on the page. Each blurb ran on for a line or two and nearly always clocked in under 160 characters. That became Hillebrand's magic number - and set the standard for one of today's most popular forms of digital communication: text messaging."
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Think before you sent
by spinnekopje on Tue 5th May 2009 16:33 UTC
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The few times I think about sending a text I try to get the info or question within 1 text. If that is not possible I just make a phone call which is cheaper and mostly easier in that case.
Only if a phone call is not possible I use sms messages and in that case I don't care about the number of texts, but that happens not very often. Most months I haven't even sent a single text (the structured ones I have to sent work excluded).

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