Thursday, July 07, 2005

yahoo sms search

cameraman stencil

russell beattie writes about yahoo's new sms search offering on the y! search blog. i feel like i am becoming a yahoo shill, but their sms search offering definitely has advantages over google's.

for example, when searching for a location, yahoo's results include a link that can be opened in your phone's browser. following this link will take you to a page containing more information: a low res map of the destination, a further link to driving directions, etc.

check it out by texting 92466 (YAHOO):

Right now you can search for any local information by sending a query with your location or zip code like: "pizza 94025", you can get a stock quote with: "s yhoo", weather information: "w 94025", dictionary definitions: "d garrulous", horoscopes: "h aquarius", WiFi hotspots: "wifi 94123", and more are coming.

(pics is of a tv cameraman stencil, outside anthropology, 19th and walnut..for some reason, it reminds me of moore/gibbon's watchmen...)

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At 6:59 PM, Blogger bigBADbobby said...

4INFO (shortcode 44636) has a similar text message offering, but provides several additional services that Yahoo! does not: sports scores ("packers" "nfl"), fantasy stats ("joe crede" "priest holmes"), movie times ("movies 92111"), flight times ("swa san jose san diego") and a beta version of mobile download search. All these services can be accessed via SMS (44636), WAP ( ), or email to

Why 4INFO instead of Yahoo?
“Both of the major Web search players, Google and Yahoo!, should not feel confident that they can leverage their brands so easily on mobile. These giants could learn a few good lessons from the smaller, lesser-known 4Info…”
- Wireless Business Forecast, 7/14/2005


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