Text to self: buy milk

I finally broke down and signed up for an SMS plan. Since then, I’ve been texting myself key nuggets of information:

  • Airline and hotel confirmation numbers
  • Addresses and phone numbers of new restaurants I’m trying
  • Shopping lists

The easiest way I’ve found to do this is AIM. You can add any U.S. cell phone number to your Buddy List. If your phone number is 7032655000, you just add “+17032655000” to your Buddy List. Type out the message (or cut-and-paste) and it’ll be on your phone in seconds.

It beats printing out an entire page to get a few lines of text or trying to keep track of little scraps of paper.

Sites like Yahoo! Local let you send text messages directly from the Web page. Click the “Send to Phone” link on a restaurant details page and you get the vital statistics sent to your phone. The message includes a link to the mobile version of Y! Local with maps and user reviews.

If only my phone could send the address to my car’s navigation system.


About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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3 Responses to Text to self: buy milk

  1. Pingback: Text to car: go to the grocery store « reDesign

  2. KK says:

    A service similar to what you are looking for but here Google Maps sends the address to the navigation system on BMW. It seems this is only implemented in Germany and may well be implemented for other regions and may be other brands of cars as well.

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