text messaging


Definition of text messaging

: the sending of short text messages electronically especially from one cell phone to another

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On Wednesday the Federal Communications Commission formally classified text messaging as an information service similar to Facebook Messenger, Skype and Slack. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s New Tax on Texting," 14 Dec. 2018 Mobile internet and text messaging across Congo have been switched off since the day after the election, a move that Congolese officials say was necessary to stop the dissemination of fake results. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Surprise Winner Declared in Congo Presidential Election," 9 Jan. 2019 Despite that, Pai is proposing to classify text messaging as an information service, rather than a telecommunications service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC’s robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say [Updated]," 12 Dec. 2018 Since emojis are more commonly used in text messages, consider whether to restrict the use of text messaging as a workplace communications tool. Daniel E. Burke, Cincinnati.com, "Emojis in the workplace – a cautionary tale😯," 27 Apr. 2018 However, that was written before the FCC classified text messaging as an information service. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages," 17 Dec. 2018 Very slick, Ted Cruz & Texas Republicans. pic.twitter.com/oyIU2TzoA4 — Jerry Ochoa (@jerryochoa) September 5, 2018 O’Rourke’s campaign has aggressively used text messaging to reach voters, the Times’s Kevin Roose noted. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Somebody posing as Beto O’Rourke’s campaign sent texts proposing voter fraud," 6 Sep. 2018 The president’s team instead is planning to go around the platforms as much as possible and reach supporters directly, making use of old-school text messaging. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018 Most Shanghai shoppers don’t even carry a wallet—almost everything can be purchased with a QR code on WeChat, the do-it-all app for text messaging, social media, news updates, exchanging money, ordering food, and more. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Designers to Watch and the Trends to Know From Shanghai Fashion Week," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of text messaging

1982, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2019

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text messaging

text mes·​sag·​ing | \ -ˈme-si-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of text messaging

: the sending of messages electronically usually from one cell phone to another

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