Maybe it’s really nothing to be frightened about, but if you haven’t noticed, there are so many different mobile applications that can be used for instant messaging that it almost makes your hair stand on end. The almost humorous ancillary note to the explosion in instant messaging around the globe is that when mobile devices were first introduced, instant messaging was completely an afterthought. Engineers thought that maybe a few people, now and then, would use it, perhaps to send an emergency message of some sort. They, therefore, built limited instant messaging features into the first wireless networks and the first bulky mobile phones. But, as we all know, it became much more than that: It became a social phenomenon which keeps on growing.
A Language All Its Own
Some of the very early mobile phones had a very simple messaging system, which really worked fairly well. You couldn’t send pictures along with your message, nor could you send any graphic images, such as today’s popular smiley faces or other emoticons. But instant messages were infinitely cheaper to send than making a phone call, just as they are today, and consumers jumped on the opportunity to send a quick communication. Along the way, text messaging developed a whole language all its own, which users adopted to make sending messages faster and easier. But, for those who aren’t familiar with the lingo, much of it can actually appear to be ancient Greek.
Is It Babylon All Over Again?
Over the last several years, as operating systems such as Android and iOS have become popular, many third-party developers have developed more complex and sophisticated messaging systems, better suited to the increasing needs of their users. The only problem is, two people who want to communicate with each other have to make sure that they’re both using the same application; otherwise, the outbound message goes nowhere. Many developers of these applications have found that they absolutely have to have a version available for the major mobile operating systems so that users, no matter what type of smartphone they have, can take advantage of it. Even BlackBerry, which is facing extremely challenging times, has recently announced that it has made its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) available for iPhones and all devices running the Android operating system. According to the parent company, RIM, there are still 60 million users worldwide who use BBM; another 2.5 million have signed up for the service on their Android or iPhone devices.
Getting the Word Out There
Despite all this messaging activity, what really counts on the Internet is presence. Any company that relies on the Web to generate sales knows that it also has to be found easily by its potential customers. It’s no secret that, today, the best way to achieve popularity on the Web and increase one’s rankings on the major search engines is to have high-quality articles and blogs that are disseminated across the Internet. This requires a highly professional manual outreach program, one that is practically guaranteed to provide positive results.
In fact, visitors may be so impressed that they text their friends and tell them all about it!