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DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that that the first known SMS message that was sent over is "Merry Christmas"? On December 03, 1992, the first text was sent over in the United Kingdom, and the delivery of the electronic message was made possible by Vodafone GSM network. SMS (short message service) and modern instant messaging became widely known in the 1990s. The difference between SMS and instant messaging is that SMS allows a phone user to send a text message without an Internet connection, whereas an instant messaging allows a user to send a message through the web. In 1996, the first widely used online messenger was ICQ (short for “I Seek You”) which was released by an Israeli firm. Meanwhile in 2009, chat apps Kik and WhatsApp arrived, but SMS was still widely used back then. However, since smartphones started to proliferate, the number of messaging apps also started to increase. This is because SMS is costly in most countries. In a 2018 statistics, WhatsApp is considered the most used messaging app with over 1.2 billion monthly active users, and this is followed by the Facebook Messenger. The Wi-Fi and smartphones have changed the way people connect and communicate. People are also starting to embrace digital communication using messaging apps to share videos, photos, files, and more.