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This cool text messaging trick comes by way of my Seattle real estate agent. If you’re in need of the address or phone number for a business or restaurant, you can always call 411 for help. If you send a text message to 466453 (which spells Google on a phone dial pad), you’ll get the address and phone number on your screen, so you don’t need to write anything down or worry about getting reconnected. Simply write the name of the business city and state in the body of the message and hit send. I used this to successfully track down pizza near the house I’m moving to simply by typing Pizza Bainbridge Island, WA and hitting send. I got three different pizza places back, with full address and phone number for each.
This feature also works for doing price comparison from retail stores. Simply type price and the UPC or ISBN code for a product in the message body and you’ll get back comparison results to your phone. While this is a free service, you do have to pay your carrier’s standard rate for messaging. I’ve been a proponent of Google’s free 411 service (800-GOOG-411) for awhile now, but didn’t realize you could get similar help via text messaging. Couple 466453 with kwiry for building to do lists and you’ve got 2 useful reasons for having text messaging.
David Geller of video email service, Eyejot, tipped me off to a cool new service for anyone with a cell phone. If you have text messaging on your phone, but never found it useful, go sign up for Kwiry and you will change your tune. Kwiry’s tagline, ‘text it before you forget it’ sums up the service perfectly. When you run across something you need to remember while you’re away from home or away from your desk, whether it’s something to research or the perfect gift for your spouse’s birthday, simply send a text message to Kwiry from your phone. Kwiry stores the message, does a Google search, Amazon lookup, and several other searches against the message text. Back at your computer you sign on to your Kwiry account with all that information at your fingertips. You can subscribe to your ‘Kwirys’ with an RSS reader so that they are readily available in your favorite reader. The service also supports categorizing Kwirys as tasks.
Like most new Web services, there’s a semi-social component where you can share your Kwirys with the world (or only with your friends), which might be useful for a kind of group collaboration. If you’re still optimizing your personal productivity system, Kwiry is definitely a great addition to the toolkit. The key missing feature is the ability to send a camera phone image along with the text so you’ve got the visual cue that went with your text.