If you aren’t texting the questions in your life to “GOOGLE” (466-453) on your iPhone, or other smart phone, then you aren’t really living an untethered life.  GOOGLE SMS is a free service — though other carrier charges may apply to your SMS phone plan — that instantly answers your questions and helps you win arguments and wager bar bets.  As you can see in the shot below, I was able to get an instant response from Google when I asked for “Weather Los Angeles.”  I was not successful in getting Google to tell me Julie Chen’s age or what year Hawaii gained statehood.


When I asked Google SMS for the “Time in India” I was instantaneously texted back with the correct day and time. 

Unfortunately, Google did not know the “Nebraska state bird” or understand “Pounds into Stone.”

When I changed my SMS inquiry from “Pounds into stone” into the more formal, “How many stone per pound,” Google shot the answer right back to me. 

When I next asked for the definition of WordPunk, Google curiously offered me the Javits Convention Center instead — even though we know the answer is already out there.

I love Tahini, and when I asked Google for “Tahini 68505” — I didn’t get back any results for places that serve Tahini in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

When I became more precise and asked Google to SMS me results for “Indian food 68505” I was given a single response:

When I asked Google about “Big Brother 11 10012” — I was hoping to get TV listings back for the Big Brother television show in the New York City market.

What Google sent me instead was a link for “Big Brothers Big Sisters” and, strangely, “Big Won King” restaurant.

 

When I’d finished testing Google SMS for this article, the following text from Google appeared on my phone:

I guess Google was still obsessing and churning 20 minutes after I’d asked about WordPunk and, frankly, we wouldn’t want it any other way!

4 Comments

  1. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t be easier to just Google the information using the browser, David. It seems the SMS service gets confused a little too easily. Google on the browser knows what a wordpunk is! 🙂

  2. I do not have data plan on my phone but do have unlimited messaging. That is why Google SMS makes a lot of sense for me and I use it when reading classical books for definitions of difficult words (English is a second language for me).