Tuesday, September 05, 2006

4INFO Uses SMS Text Messages To Link MySpace Users

What a great idea.

Will MySpace users adopt this widget? While I think this is a great way to get your platform in the hands of millions of users, I wonder if there is a way to "age proof" this, so parents won't get a huge phone bill from the number of text messages.

4INFO lets MySpace users, website owner, or blog owner create a widget that will allow people to send text messages.

Receive texts from people without giving them your cell phone number. Your number remains totally anonymous, even when you reply!

While I use 4INFO's services quite a bit, I have to advise readers that 4INFO has had a history of posting some of what they consider "funny SMS queries".

I warned them a while back that if you want to get trust of consumers, you can't let them think their text message queries are being monitored by individuals and would be published.

I know they don't post the user's name with the query, but the idea that individuals, versus a computer, are monitoring is enough to turn people away from the service.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You said:

"I warned them a while back that if you want to get trust of consumers, you can't let them think their text message queries are being monitored by individuals and would be published."

Monitoring by individuals of postings on MySpace hasn't stopped rapid growth/acceptance there? Why would it for 4INFO? What's the difference?

Scott Shaffer said...

When an individual posts on MySpace he know this information is going out on the Web for all to see.

With 4INFO and their text message service, you dont expect to see your queries announced to the public.