Monday, October 26, 2009

Operative Factors: Google SMS

Why, yes, I am featuring something that is useful beyond the world of reading today. But, I do think that you will appreciate the usefulness in your reading when you hear what I have to say.

Google SMS is a service provided for free from Google via your mobile phone. Standard carrier charges apply (counts as a text message). Text your command to GOOGLE (466453), and you will receive an SMS/text message back with the information you requested.

* Google SMS will return results using your saved location if no location is specified. ** If you don't receive any results, the season may be over for this sport. *** Flight data is provided by **** METAR data is provided by the NOAA. (and I stole this chart directly from Google Mobile's website)

The one I would like to highlight for you today is the Glossary feature. During the Read-A-Thon, I stumbled upon a word I didn't know. Instead of pulling out the lappytop, or busting out the dictionarial tome, I picked up my phone, crafted a text that said 'define miasmic' and hit send. Less than ten seconds later, I had my definition: "miasmic: of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution." It was a beautiful thing. Not only did it save me time, I didn't even have to put down my book!

The other queries are helpful too... especially when I'm looking for places nearby to eat, etc. while traveling or in a different part of town. I used it to find an In-N-Out Burger while we were at Disneyland a few weeks ago (the closest one is on Harbor in Fullerton if you care). I've used it to find gas stations, movie times, maps, currency conversions, and measurement conversions. But when I used it to define miasmic during the Read-A-Thon, the awesome factor went up like ten points, and I just had to share.

So, what are you waiting for? Program Google SMS as a contact in your phone now. Their phone number again is GOOGLE, or 466453. It'll definitely come in handy.

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