Playing with SMS…

I’ve always liked the idea of hooking SMS into a webapp. If it weren’t for the cost of SMS charged by unscrupulous carriers, I think we’d see a lot more SMS-related apps using shortcodes generated by services like TextMarks and Twilio.

Just to play around, I created the service ‘NBAINFO’ on TextMarks. Text 41411 NBAINFO and then the three letter code for you favorite NBA team (e.g. ‘NBAINFO BOS’ for Boston Celtics, ‘NBAINFO MIA’ for Miami Heat…) and you’ll receive back information on their 2010 season. Granted this isn’t the most meaningful use of the service, but it with some database magic the could be expanded to create generic SMS-based references for when 3g/WiFi are unavailable/untenable.

I imagine a service used to check and report polling abuses, for instance. With a few simple commands, users could confirm reports and also set flags (whether or not volunteers, oversight on the way, for instance) for their local station. A command could also provide a summary of each station’s status as a whole.