It’s amusing when I read about apps that try to out-do SMS. Take for example, Facebook with their latest app. Or iMessage.
Guess what, as a person that’s been watching technology trends for the better half of two decades, I can say for certain that SMS is sticking around. Why? SMS is a complete cellular protocol whereas any app by a social media company is driven by their only their users. Even iMessage is completely driven by iPhones alone and not cellular in general. This is one of the reasons why it’ll fail. It doesn’t help when your friends use different technologies across different systems. And SMS is built into a cell phone already whereas you can’t say the same for apps. Take a look at how widespread Twitter is and why it’s constrained to the character limitations. SMS designed and driven. Sounds too simple? That’s because it is just that simple. Standards and protocols rule industries.
So until iMessage/Facebook design a protocol that drives cellular in general? I’ll wait until I see some new-fangled technology drive SMS out of its place. Until then? Everyone is limited to their 140 characters.