Google has a new service offering. Google SMS is a way for cell phones with text messaging capabilities to interact with Google’s massive amounts of information.
From the Google Blog:
I tried out a few things with Google SMS. Sending the word “help” as a text message returned this response (in less than thirty seconds) spanned across two messages:
(2of2) For product prices, enter ‘price’ followed by the product name. For definitions, enter ‘define’ followed by the word or term.
Simple enough, let’s try and find my phone number. I sent “Chris Short Tampa, FL” and received:
This doesn’t surprise me in the least considering my phone number is a cell phone number and it’s not listed in any phone book. So let’s try something that should be in the phone book. I sent in my dad’s name and city then within thirty seconds Google SMS responded with the correct phone number AND address.
Let’s say I need to find the nearest Home Depot. I sent “Home Depot Tampa, FL”. This took some time to get results for and I only got one of two messages. There is a good reason why though.
That’s disappointing considering there is a Checkers less than two blocks away from Hickory High School (and two more within 25 miles).
Believe it or not I don’t know my brother’s address. Can Google SMS help me with that? I guess I’ll remain a dirtbag brother because Google can’t help me with that either. I guess I could call him and get that from him.
Google SMS is a new service that definitely needs some work but I think it’s not the fault of the SMS service itself. It’s the lack of data Google actually has (believe it or not). I imagine I can make use of the service on long trips when I don’t have data services on my Sidekick II.