Mobile instant messaging platforms could spell the end for SMS
When texting first appeared on the scene, it was a real hit with people of all ages. The idea of sending quick messages to one another had instant appeal, but as with most technological advancements, time is starting to take its toll on the medium.
Modern smartphones give users the opportunity to stay hooked up to the internet all the time – something which has completely changed the way young people communicate. Instant messaging services like those employed by Facebook and other social networking sites are a particular favourite.
However, there are other hardware-specific services that enjoy even more popularity for young people on the move. Blackberry’s BBM instant messenger and the Apple equivalent for use on the iPhone have seen a marked decrease in SMS activity. These services don’t impose character restrictions and are completely free to use, so it’s not surprising that they have a keen fanbase.
One of the side-effects of the instant messaging revolution could actually be the death of so-called ‘text speak’. This language evolved chiefly because mobile phone users needed a way to speak that didn’t take much time and didn’t use many characters. However, full keyboards, predictive text messaging and free instant messengers may just have started to bring the ‘text speak’ age to a close.