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Google Launches SMS Search Service

CowboyNeal posted about 10 years ago | from the googling-googling-everywhere dept.

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jSpectre writes "Google's been busy introducing a lot of new things this week. The latest, a SMS search service. SMS a message to 46645 (googl) and find local business listings, product prices, dictionary definitions, and more. Go Google!"

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I was wondering how they'd search my SMS (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465435)

But it's a search VIA SMS, which makes a lot more sense.

Re:I was wondering how they'd search my SMS (2, Funny)

zaxios (776027) | about 10 years ago | (#10465665)

I was wondering how they'd search my SMS

In Soviet Russia, Google searches YOUr, um, SMS. D'oh!

Re:I was wondering how they'd search my SMS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465672)

Frist Ps0t, bitches!

Re:I was wondering how they'd search my SMS (2)

aussie_a (778472) | about 10 years ago | (#10465718)

I was getting ready to say "alright, everyone's right. Google is after people's personal information and this is clearly an invasion of privacy, they ARE evil" and then I realised the heading was misleading :)

Re:I was wondering how they'd search my SMS (1)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | about 10 years ago | (#10465932)

Would we have access to search image google via SMS??

Ooooo... The potential washroom quik fixessss..

woohoo! (5, Funny)

NightDragon (732139) | about 10 years ago | (#10465436)

Yes, now i can search for pictures of naked women ANYWHERE!

Re:woohoo! (3, Funny)

stateofmind (756903) | about 10 years ago | (#10465500)

I don't know.. ASCII porn doesn't do much for me. :)

Re:woohoo! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465523)

You're obviously not a true geek.

Re:woohoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465559)

Kids these days...

Re:woohoo! (3, Funny)

El (94934) | about 10 years ago | (#10465537)

Yes, but viewing pictures of nekid wimmin on your mobile phone with it's postage stamp screen is liable to make you go blind...

Re:woohoo! (4, Funny)

HitByASquirrel (710289) | about 10 years ago | (#10465879)

If you're viewing pictures of naked women with a postage-stamp screen i doubt its the action of watching thats making you go blind.

Re:woohoo! (5, Funny)

Stevyn (691306) | about 10 years ago | (#10465546)

(o)(o) ...Na, it's just not the same.

Re:woohoo! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465826)

(*)(.) - Janet Jackson

MOD PARENT SIDEWAYS (1)

WillerZ (814133) | about 10 years ago | (#10465878)

+1 funny, -1 old reference

FP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465440)

First Post!

Google aren't 1337 any more... (5, Funny)

Amiga Lover (708890) | about 10 years ago | (#10465441)

The latest, a SMS search service. SMS a message to 46645 (googl) and find local business listings, product prices, dictionary definitions, and more. Go Google!"

If google were 1337, their sms number would be 600613.

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (3, Funny)

BenVis (795521) | about 10 years ago | (#10465463)

As long as I can still use this [google.com] google will always be 1337.

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465476)

If google were 1337, their sms number would be 600613.

Give them a year or so of being public and thier number will be 70015.

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (5, Funny)

Wakkow (52585) | about 10 years ago | (#10465618)

Why would they want their SMS to be "boobie"? I think you're thinking of a different kind of search engine...

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (1)

burns210 (572621) | about 10 years ago | (#10465744)

Yea, like this [google.com] one.

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (1)

ThogScully (589935) | about 10 years ago | (#10465959)

Nope... this one [booble.com] .
-N

Re:Google aren't 1337 any more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465911)

Noooooo...
It would be 867309!

Sad news ... Stephen King dead at 57 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465443)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

He's 58 you fuck. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465462)

He's 58 you fuck.

Re:Sad news ... Stephen King dead at 57 (1)

Spruce Moose (1857) | about 10 years ago | (#10465464)

I think you are confused with Rodney Dangerfield.

He 82 you fuck. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465564)

topic

Sad news ... AC dead at 19 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465519)

In other news, an Anonymous Coward was found dead in his home this morning. A big slash through his chest and only a dot of the knife remained sticking out of his gut.

Re:Sad news ... AC dead at 19 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465545)

And it said.... GNAA!!!

Re:Sad news ... AC dead at 19 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465600)

I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him.

Re:Sad news ... AC dead at 19 (1)

Spad (470073) | about 10 years ago | (#10465921)

It would appear that AC is posting from beyond the grave.

Another pertinent article... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465456)

Can be found here [slashdot.org] .

Will it be able to understand messages like.. (4, Funny)

no reason to be here (218628) | about 10 years ago | (#10465457)

whr can i g3t sum t13 f00d?

Re:Will it be able to understand messages like.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465593)

t13 = tie?

Who the hell eats ties?!

Re:Will it be able to understand messages like.. (1)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#10465751)

I do not know if you meant to be funny or simply didn't get it, but I think he meant Thai. Consider the phonetics, too.

This may be king of mobile service offerings. (5, Insightful)

Negadin (261695) | about 10 years ago | (#10465460)

This (or something like this) may be huge as people become more dependant on their mobile phones.

No one wants to navigate some funky mobile web page looking for things like numbers, addresses or other things. People want instant information easily.

SMS is pretty easy to understand - send a message and interpet the results. No clunky (and inconsistant) navigation problems.

Heck - mobile mfg's (or OS designers) could put a search service into their phone that could utilize google's offerings automatically.

Yeah, but it's nothing that new really... (3, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | about 10 years ago | (#10465623)

People have been googling from WAP phones for years now.

Re:Yeah, but it's nothing that new really... (1)

Carthag (643047) | about 10 years ago | (#10465788)

Also in the more SMS-savvy countries in Europe, there are several services for finding train/bus-times, looking up phone numbers, finding food, taxis, basically everything you can think of. They usually cost a lot, though.

fantastic idea (2, Insightful)

djxploit (748198) | about 10 years ago | (#10465461)

i just wonder when they will roll it out to all countries as its only a us based thing now.
same thing also might happen as whats happening now (occasionally) sms googl and get a repsonse from google.com.sg :)

Not knowing what to say, I sent it 'pizza' (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 years ago | (#10465465)

It told me to send it "help" if I needed, er, help. You might find this information useful.

Re:Not knowing what to say, I sent it 'pizza' (4, Insightful)

ornil (33732) | about 10 years ago | (#10465660)

One thing that's missing is the ability to find where you are. So you actually have to tell it your address. However, the phone company obviously knows where you are, and I personally wouldn't mind if it communicated this information to Google upon my request.

For those concerned about privacy, I'd simply make it opt-in, i.e. phone company messages you the first time you do this, and asks to reply if you want to enable Google/some other guy (identified by their phone number) to see this information.
The phone company then always attaches your address when you message this number.

Slashdotting Google with my cell phone (4, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | about 10 years ago | (#10465466)

I'm sure Google will be able to handle it. But I wonder what Verizon & co will think about the sudden spike in SMS activity?

Probably, they'll be thinking about the 12c they're getting from me for each one -- 10 for the outgoing, 2 for the incoming. Crap. Well, it's better than the $1.50 (or so) every time my wife decides to call 411. Drives me nuts when she does that...

Re:Slashdotting Google with my cell phone (3, Interesting)

bunyip (17018) | about 10 years ago | (#10465511)

Probably, they'll be thinking about the 12c they're getting from me for each one -- 10 for the outgoing, 2 for the incoming. Crap. Well, it's better than the $1.50 (or so) every time my wife decides to call 411. Drives me nuts when she does that...

Very interesting. Could Google have partnered with the phone company to get their slice of your 12 cents? Anybody know of other companies that moght have already offered services like this?

Alan.

Re:Slashdotting Google with my cell phone (3, Interesting)

eae (110669) | about 10 years ago | (#10465656)

SMS:es are sent using signaling, rather than over a dedicated communications channel, like voice and data.
Thus there is very little overhead and theres no real limit of the number of messages that can be sent simultaneously (like there is for voice/data channels), and thats also why there's a 160 char limit.

Re:Slashdotting Google with my cell phone (5, Interesting)

tool462 (677306) | about 10 years ago | (#10465633)

I have signed up with a website that provides SMS messages with traffic updates. Since I have a long commute, it's handy to get notification that a major accident has occurred on my route home, so I can work around it. However, my (former) wireless provider--the always wonderful AT&T Wireless--decided that these SMS messages were spam, assumably because of the volume. They now block the IP address that the website is sending the messages from, despite the company's repeated attempts to correct the situation and many customer complaints. We'll see how they respond to this new spike in usage.

What!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465469)

How come Google registered googlecanada.com but now googlechina.com, googlejapan.com or googleindia.com among others? What did they not have enough cash at the time? :)

*Sniff* (1)

Sagara Sozou (726002) | about 10 years ago | (#10465480)

My little google's finally growing up. Time to take off the training wheels.

Re:*Sniff* (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | about 10 years ago | (#10465539)

Yeah, I took the training wheels away from my kid when he went made his first billion and went IPO. They grow up so fast.

Great Idea (1)

mpost4 (115369) | about 10 years ago | (#10465482)

Great idea, I have just sent 2 messages, I have to get anything back, I sent one to see if it could get my address for me, stupid test but hay it is a test, and I did one for the "help" since I read my sms on my palm I can just file it away for later use. If it does what it promises, I think I might use it allot. Now this is the kind of stuff we need.

A natural progression (5, Insightful)

saddino (183491) | about 10 years ago | (#10465488)

Google is clearly aiming to be the information center for the connected/wired world, which makes perfect sense: after realizing that Google's value is its sheer amount of content, any service that brings people to that content is going to be pursued.

I bet, eBay and Amazon, with similar giant demographic and e-commerce content won't be too far behind (e.g. the "price check" feature is tailor made for Amazon).

Re:A natural progression (3, Interesting)

Fortress (763470) | about 10 years ago | (#10465736)

Google is clearly aiming to be the information center for the connected/wired world

How long until we all complain about Google's monopoly of the Internet?

I like Google, but it's now a publicly held company, meaning it's responsibilities are now to the shareholders. I fear that Google will be taken over by suits who want to use all of Google's information and influence for insidious purposes. It may be only a matter of time before the corporate culture changes from "Do no evil" to "Do what's profitable and hide it if it's evil."

Outside USA (1)

z3021017 (806883) | about 10 years ago | (#10465490)

Anyone know how to access this service from outside the US?

Re:Outside USA (1)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#10465614)

From the website [google.com] (emphasis mine)-

Google Local enables you to search the entire web for just the stores and businesses in a specific neighborhood. Get the name, address and phone number of a business near you or in any zip code across the US.

So, nope. Looks like it's only for the US at the moment.

Re:Outside USA (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 10 years ago | (#10465710)

in any zip code across the US

I presume that means you have to type in a zip code. What would be cool is if they did a deal with all the operators to get location info, so you could skip that bit. I know its possible with most European operators, but I guess the US is a bit of a mess with all the incompatible networks and so many local cellular providers to deal with.

Re:Outside USA (1)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#10465737)

True.

That, and the fact that my operators change based on where I'm, if I've roaming.

For instance, my cellphone is registered to T-mobile in Atlanta, but when I'm in Los Alamos, it changes to Cingular. So, that would mean that not only should they correlate, they would also have to know which user is using what provider at that moment, and where.

Given the animosity between these guys, I don't see that happening any time soon :-/

Re:Outside USA (1)

Radius9 (588130) | about 10 years ago | (#10465761)

That is less the issue than the privacy concerns. I was in negotiations with the different cellular providers, and there is a 3rd party company that has an agreement with most of the different carriers to provide just that information. They have their own API and service that you use to access the information. It has been stuck in a legal limbo for quite a while, as I started looking at it a year and half ago, and the last time I checked, which was about 6 months ago, they still hadn't come up with a solution that the carriers were happy with as far as users opting in to allow other people to retrieve that information. Its unfortunate that the service exists, you can get the information, through a standardized interface at that, but its just not available yet.

Re:Outside USA (1)

Xaoswolf (524554) | about 10 years ago | (#10465615)

well, you could always try moving...

Re:Outside USA (2, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | about 10 years ago | (#10465636)

Try http://www.google.com/, or if you've only got an older phone: wap.google.com.

SMS is so 1990s for the rest of the world, I guess that's why this in North America only, where its still a gee-whiz thing. I've been using google from my phone for at least 4 years now. A few kB of GPRS is far cheaper than a couple of SMS messages too.

Re:Outside USA (1)

DiscoOnTheSide (544139) | about 10 years ago | (#10465851)

Unfortunately not. 1MB of GPRS is $3 a month with t-mobile. If I'm gonna get GPRS. I want to be on AIM with it and to surf stuff while I can. I think i'd go over that fairly easy. Unlimited data is more than I'm willing to pay, and there's no real "Pay as you go" option, I'm afraid...

Ubiquitous Google (3, Interesting)

metlin (258108) | about 10 years ago | (#10465504)

Google seems to be entering just about every area.

Maybe their idea is to make sure that they are well established in several areas in a way that they are indispensable - the best search engine, good e-mail service, business tools and what not.

That way, even if Google did risk crashing down, or if something did happen, people would like not that happening. That, and the benign image they portray, may work to their favour.

I'm talking through my hat, ofcourse.

Nice idea (1)

francisew (611090) | about 10 years ago | (#10465527)

This is a good thing.

I just wonder how much scatter there is in the returned results.

it works! 46645 John Kerry (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465529)

goatse.cx

But the burning question for /.ers remains... (-1, Troll)

ravenspear (756059) | about 10 years ago | (#10465531)

Can it get you laid?

Re:But the burning question for /.ers remains... (1)

djxploit (748198) | about 10 years ago | (#10465579)

try the help section

Re:But the burning question for /.ers remains... (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 10 years ago | (#10465654)

sure, just type in "Ho's.x", x= your zip code!

Google branching off the internet? (2, Insightful)

Lifix (791281) | about 10 years ago | (#10465555)

So, google is branching out of the internet and into phones... well this certainly seems like a great idea. No one wants to spend the time to load up a web browser and web pages. This would make it alot easier to get google on phones, and this introduces google onto phones that can't get on the web, but can get sms's.

Re:Google branching off the internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465595)

No one wants to spend the time to load up a web browser and web pages.

Yeah, I'm exhausted having to make the effort to load all those web pages.

Re:Google branching off the internet? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | about 10 years ago | (#10465675)

Technically, my phone can get SMS, but because it's got a fscked keypad (left softkey dying, 1 and 6 nearly dead).

More sms goodness (2, Informative)

Greg@RageNet (39860) | about 10 years ago | (#10465560)

I've been playing around with SMS services for a while, since it's a great way to get information out to folks without them carrying any extra devices (everyone has cellphones now). I created a tool to send traffic reports via SMS for Californians, KnowTraffic [knowtraffic.com] and it'll even give you stock quotes if you send a message 'quote TICKER'. SMS is pretty powerful stuff that hasn't really been exploited much in the US yet.

-- Greg

Text-to-speech (1)

PiGuy (531424) | about 10 years ago | (#10465583)

I wonder how much more difficult it would be for them to set up a phone bank interfacing with the search engine using a text-to-speech program....

... and speech-recognition - try TellMe (1)

SlyDe (247694) | about 10 years ago | (#10465652)

1-800-555-TELL
It ain't google, but it gets you lots of useful info without thumb-boarding a bunch of TXT to get it.

Re:Text-to-speech (1)

burns210 (572621) | about 10 years ago | (#10465891)

Like THIS [google.com] ? Speak your query into the phone, it spits out a X-digit number. Go to your browser and open the results page, type in your # and bam, your results... sites has a story about Google developing a voice-in -> voice-out search interface... It would take a lot of work, good voice recognition, and a good interface for returning results(clear, understandable list over voice). [rankforsales.com]

Free? (5, Interesting)

Gaima (174551) | about 10 years ago | (#10465586)

With Google becoming a "proper business" now I'm actually quite amazed they're not charging for this. I would.
I know it doesn't cost them much, you pay for the outgoing and incoming messages after all, but would you miss the cost of one extra message per search? Ignoring special deals, and inter-network rates, that's about 12p in the UK.
Could probably even generate a higher per search revenue stream than the ads.
Seems like a natural, and non-evil, way to make some money to me...

Re:Free? (1)

aussie_a (778472) | about 10 years ago | (#10465639)

They may have cut a deal with the phone company so they do get some money from this.

Re:Free? (1)

grahamsz (150076) | about 10 years ago | (#10465658)

In the US we generally pay for both outgoing and incoming messages (though my us message rate is less than half my uk rate, even though both are tmobile).

Google may have been able to cut a deal with the providers since they make money from the subscriber when the messages come each way.

Re:Free? (3, Informative)

seizer (16950) | about 10 years ago | (#10465687)

Not sure how the charging structure works in the USA, but most GSM networks in the world charge a fixed termination fee for an SMS message entering their network (all UK networks have agreed on 3p, which is why you can't get a better rate (or if you can, it'll be a loss leader).

With high traffic numbers, you can usually arrange a profit sharing deal with the provider of your services, so if Google's smart (and they are) they'll figure out a way to take a cut of the revenue. That's how the UK's "free" ISPs took off - Freeserve and the like simply said "we will generate X million minutes of phone calls a month, who'll give us a cut".

Like many Google technologies (2, Insightful)

bubba451 (779167) | about 10 years ago | (#10465955)

Like many Google technologies, they'll probably put it out there to see if it sticks before thinking about making money from it. That's pretty much what's happened with Google News, Orkut, Gmail, etc.

And even if they never charge for it, they're reinforcing the notion of Google as the search king, which keeps people coming to google.com.

Google won't be another Netscape (5, Interesting)

ShatteredDream (636520) | about 10 years ago | (#10465592)

Google learned from Netscape's mistakes and instead of going to the government crying about MSN is constantly working on beating Microsoft to new markets in aways that tie the new markets back to Google's old original base. Knowing how competitive Google is, one would think that Microsoft, which talked about buying them out or competing directly against them, would just accept Google's existance and work with them to save money. At the rate Google is going, it'll probably be the one battle that Microsoft can't win.

Re:Google won't be another Netscape (1)

viva_fourier (232973) | about 10 years ago | (#10465763)

That is a pretty brash statement, given that Google has only been public for a couple months. What happens when all their creative, loyal employees are able to cash out their stock options(500 employees grabbing 5 mil each) -- they could experience the classic brain drain.

So much for 411. (5, Insightful)

d3ity (800597) | about 10 years ago | (#10465604)

Looks like 411 just got outdated. Now I can get a phone number and address for anyone via SMS. And a text message costs what? less than 5 cents? vs a 2 dollar call to information?

Re:So much for 411. (1)

jrumney (197329) | about 10 years ago | (#10465657)

And a text message costs what? less than 5 cents? vs a 2 dollar call to information?

Or less than a cent for the GPRS data to do a proper web search.

Are they evil yet ? (4, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | about 10 years ago | (#10465627)

*eyes on watch*

"I think it's time for Google to go evil in 3...2...1..."

Einstein would be proud (1)

WilyKit (68796) | about 10 years ago | (#10465663)

Fr:466-45
Calculator by Google:
one kilogram =
8.98755179e+13
kiloJoules

New meaning to (1)

cdc179 (561916) | about 10 years ago | (#10465681)

/. effect. On the count of 1....2....3...commence phone dotting GOOGL!

Doesn't SMS cost money for in/out? (4, Insightful)

brendanoconnor (584099) | about 10 years ago | (#10465691)

I do not use my cellphone for much of anything except receiving calls and calling out. Does sending and receiving an sms cost money? If so that could add up. I mean, when I search google, sometimes I do not pick the right wording, and I get bad results, whilst other times I pick the right wording. A bad series of wording could cost me several out goings, and maybe since data has to be transmitted back, some incomings as well.

Correct me if I am wrong but this sounds like a good way nickel and dime the SMS users. Although they did send it. Oh well.

Brendan

Re:Doesn't SMS cost money for in/out? (1)

DiscoOnTheSide (544139) | about 10 years ago | (#10465791)

well, a lot of phone companies allow you to buy blocks of text messages. Right now I buy 300 msgs a month for $2.99. T-Mobile now has a deal of $9.99 a month for unlimited texts, and I'm thinking of upgrading. Also consider that I know a lot of cell companies do this, I dont know the exact prices..., but 411 with T-Mobile costs $.75 a shot. Thats a lot and those people always shoot me to the wrong number. Here I can pay 5 cents if I have to and get a list to pick from. Thats spiffy in my book.

Question is... (1)

C_Kode (102755) | about 10 years ago | (#10465728)

If I use this service will the *collect* my number and start spamming me? If not now when? I really like the idea, but will they use that *you have personal business with me, so I can nag you at dinner* crap that credit card companies use to call you even though you're on the no call list.

Upset would be an understatement if I started getting spam SMS messages.

Re:Question is... (1)

savagedome (742194) | about 10 years ago | (#10465753)

Add yourself (if you haven't already) to 'do not call' list. Also, I think telemarketers could not call on mobile phones even before that list anyway.

Google SMS privacy policy (4, Informative)

SlyDe (247694) | about 10 years ago | (#10465769)

(Ok, I know, shameless karma whoring....)
http://www.google.com/sms/privacy.html [google.com]

Information that we collect and how we use it

When you send a message to Google SMS, we log an encrypted version of the incoming phone number, the wireless carrier associated with the number, and the date and time of the transaction. We use this data to analyze the message traffic in order to operate, develop and improve our services. Google will never rent or sell your phone number to any third party, nor will we use your phone number to initiate a call or SMS message to you without your permission. Your wireless carrier and other service providers also collect data about your SMS usage, and their practices are governed by their own privacy policies.

These guys do it too... (1)

Coming soon! (767296) | about 10 years ago | (#10465740)

synfonic.com

They had a bit of press yesterday as well. They don't have the fancy short code yet though.

Re:These guys do it too... (3, Informative)

Coming soon! (767296) | about 10 years ago | (#10465789)

...the press [yahoo.com] piece.

Froogle price checks the killer app (4, Insightful)

ewg (158266) | about 10 years ago | (#10465750)

Froogle price checks are the killer app here.

Standing in the middle of a retail store, you can gauge pricing versus online retailers.

Somewhere, Alan Greenspan is smiling.

Re:Froogle price checks the killer app (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465841)

somewhere, a corporate suit applauded your use of yet another terrible, overused buzzword.

mod dowN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10465770)

ink splashes across Are the i8portant

And this is why Google are billionaires (1)

arhar (773548) | about 10 years ago | (#10465777)

This is awesome. Bravo.

SMS in what countries?? (1)

vitalyb (752663) | about 10 years ago | (#10465803)

Would be useful to mention that it works only in USA..? It doesn't work from Israel anway ;).

Google's doing all kinds of stuff (3, Informative)

fawlty154 (814393) | about 10 years ago | (#10465882)

Google labs http://labs.google.com/ [google.com] shows all kinds of interesting stuff Google is cooking up.

Odd Choice of Country (1)

Spad (470073) | about 10 years ago | (#10465897)

I know Google is US-based, but given the relative popularity of mobile phones (cell phones to you Americans) in Europe - especially the popularity of SMS (Almost 1 billion a month sent in the UK alone) - would it not have made sense to at least include Europe in the initial roll-out, if not focus the service there entirely?

SMS slashdotted? (1)

the_pointman (143482) | about 10 years ago | (#10465934)

My messages are timing out...looks like you can never escape hordes of geeks.

That short code doesn't work (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | about 10 years ago | (#10465956)

I tried using that shortcode, but my phone says 'invalid address.' Wazzup?

Slashdot = Google Press Center (2, Interesting)

blackhaze (773215) | about 10 years ago | (#10465967)

Is anyone tired of reading slashdot with all the google press-releases? It's been like this for a couple of days now.

We need focus on another search-company to compete with google; these guys have had to spotlight for far too long!

Why are all these nerds turned into blind google zombies? ;)
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