Thursday, April 20, 2006

Google SMS

I guess Google SMS may have been out for a while, but I just discovered it tonight. Its pretty slick! You can message google (short code:46645) with a query, e.g “Pizza 78703”, and it will respond with a message listing pizza places in the area. You can even get driving directions by entering something like “address1 to address2!”.

1 comment:

bigBADbobby said...

4INFO (shortcode 44636) has a similar mobile search text message offering, but provides several additional services that Google does not: text alerts (sports, weather, stocks), fantasy stats ("kobe bryant" "jaromir jagr"), flight times ("swa san jose san diego") and a beta version of mobile download search. All these services can be accessed via SMS (44636), WAP at http://wap.4INFO.net , or at http://www.4INFO.net.

Why 4INFO instead of Google?
“When asked recently for the address of a trendy downtown Manhattan club called Butter, both 4INFO and Yahoo! located it on the first try. But Google sent back results better suited to baking.”
- Wendy Widman, Forbes.com