by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 4th 2009 4:16pm
The LA Times has tracked down the reasoning for why SMS text messaging is limited to 160 characters. Basically, one guy working on the project figured that was plenty after typing a bunch of sentences out and noticing that most were less than 160 characters. There was no serious additional research done on it. It just sorta stuck once implemented. In an age where so many things are user-tested to death, it's kind of nice to know this was almost an accident of history, based on the reasoning of one guy.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Green Bubbles: How Apple Quietly Gets iPhone Users To Hate Android Users
- Central African Republic Attempts To Quiet Unrest By Suspending Text Messaging
- NSA Collecting Hundreds Of Millions Of Text Messages Daily, Looking At 'Untargeted' Messages & Data
- California Legalizes Some Texting While Driving, Sort Of
- Mobile Phones Might Not Interfere With Planes, But They Sure Can Interfere With Pilots