160 Charaters

Every wonder why a text message is limited to 160 characters? Well now you can find out:

Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.

As he went along, Hillebrand counted the number of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and spaces on the page. Each blurb ran on for a line or two and nearly always clocked in under 160 characters.

That became Hillebrand’s magic number – and set the standard for one of today’s most popular forms of digital communication: text messaging.

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