The “telex” service, came into use in 1933 bring the world the first true text messages via radiograms. It was introduced in New York by RCA Communications. The more modern version of “texting” or Short Messaging Services (SMS) was created by German engineer, Friedhelm Hillebrand. He set the 160 max limit for characters in text messaging further inspiring the folks at Twitter to set the 140 character limit. The first SMS text was sent in 1992.