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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Origin of the 160 Character Limit

Ever wonder why there’s a 160-character limit in an SMS message? The LA Times has a story that answers that very question. Click on through to read about Friedhelm Hillebrand and the typewriter in 1985.

Before his typewriter experiment, Hillebrand had an argument with a friend about whether 160 characters provided enough space to communicate most thoughts. "My friend said this was impossible for the mass market," Hillebrand said. "I was more optimistic."

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