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Get those thumbs in shape. SMS , short message services, messages or text messages as you might know them, are taking the world by storm. Now some of you are probably questioning this statement. I'll cut you a little slack too if all you think sending a quick message to a friend is the only use for a text message. That's understandable considering the United States is way behind the texting world. You might also be telling yourself, sure text messages seem to be popular, but how can you say they are taking the world by storm? Just consider this. In 2000, roughly 17 billion SMS messages were sent. In 2010 it is estimated people worldwide will send 2.3 trillion SMS messages. If you ask me, that's a lot of finger tappin'.
In all actuality, SMS messaging goes far beyond just a quick message to a friend. Consider this: In the coming years, you will be able to buy a soda at a vending machine by sending a quick text. In London, people can send a simple text and donate a small amount to the Carbon Balanced Program. Still not convinced text messaging is the next big thing? Just wait until the next presidential election. Senator John Edwards is already allowing supporters to get information about his campaign through text messages, and the Republican National Committe recently launched a text messaging campaign designed to drive its core supporters to the RNC Website.
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