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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Instant Answers

I don't text.

I don't even own a cellphone. I'm either at work or at home, and I am almost always sitting in front of a computer connected to the internet. So, I don't need a cellphone or texting. And I'm way too cheap to pay for either.

However, a few people have cell phones and a couple of them like to text.
[Aside: It's odd to me how some nouns become verbs--e.g. "I blog on my blog," or "I text."]
One of these texting fiends is my brother. He has a cellphone, but most of the time it is a portable, nine button instant messaging system. And other than his friends, the thing he texts most often is "Cha Cha" (242-242). You text in a question, any question, and a few minutes later some college kid who wants to make twenty cents has googled [verb] the answer for you.

It's free to use (if texting is free for you).

And this kind of thing is becoming popular. I read today that Google will do a price check for you (text: 466453). Pretty cool, I guess. People are eating this kind of thing up.

In fact, you could try out 27563 (ASKME) and compare it to Cha Cha. There are other options if you want to pay money for the service.


But useful.

Let me give you a perfect example: If you were to whip out your little phone and type something like: 9(44)(666) (444)(7777) (555)(88)(55)(33) (44)(666)(555)(9999)62(66)(66)?

You might get back:

luke holzmann
filmmaker writer expectant father

Because, you know, texting doesn't allow for proper capitalization or punctuation. See how easy that was?

On the other hand, if you're looking for well thought-out, and properly typed, answers to a Sonlight homeschooling question you think the world should know, you can ask our Sonlight expert over on her Homeschool Q & A blog. I'm helping her work out some kinks in the system still, but I think it's functional. I'm sure she'd love it if you dropped by.

P.S. My latest Heart of the Matter article is up. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to give it a read.


mary grace said...

That is far too involved for the likes of me. I am still trying to decipher the whole "twitter" thing (which I don't do), let alone a whole new breed of 411.

Luke Holzmann said...

Mary Grace, I don't use Twitter either. It's an interesting idea that I'm keeping my eye on, but it's practical application for the general populace has yet to be demonstrated... in my "humble" opinion <smile>.



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