Living in the United States, most people have a distinct sense of ubiquity of texting. When we’re not busy texting, we’re seeing someone on the street who is, and it has become apparent that the text message has irreversibly woven itself into the fabric of social life for a vast majority of us. What most Americans probably don’t know, however, is that texting has spread all around the world in ways so huge it would make a 7th grade text-maniac blush. Though texting as a form of simple communication will likely be its dominant use for a long time, inventors, entrepreneurs and social activists have utilized the medium for an incredible diversity of different uses. From mobile banking in Kenya to reporting drug crimes in the Philippines, texting has empowered those in developing countries worldwide to participate in many of the same institutions we Americans take for granted. Texting has truly revolutionized the world.