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Facebook Is At Least Trying To Make The Android Experience Better

Facebook Is At Least Trying To Make The Android Experience Better

By Chris Crum September 20, 2012

The Facebook experience on Android devices is notoriously bad. A little too often, things just don’t work like you’d want them to. Facebook realizes this. Last month, reports came out that Facebook began forcing employees to use the Android app, …

Free Text Messaging App From Yahoo: Hub Free Text Messaging App From Yahoo: Hub
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Were you just thinking to yourself: “I wish there were an easier way to have conversations from my phone?” If so, Yahoo claims to have the solution with its mobile app Hub, which comes with the tagline: “conversations made easy”. …

AT&T Messaging Plans: Perspectives AT&T Messaging Plans: Perspectives

AT&T is getting people riled up with its new plans for messing plans. This is not exactly the first time AT&T has touched a giant nerve among customers. Another recent nerve-touching occurred when the company put its data limits in …

Does Everybody Own a Mobile Phone? Does Everybody Own a Mobile Phone?

If home computing ever does truly die, the culprit is an obvious choice. The mobile phone. While I’m one to believe that home computing hasn’t so much died, it’s just that most homes that want computers, be it Mac or …

Android And Texting:  What’s Popular in The Mobile Phone World Android And Texting: What’s Popular in The Mobile Phone World

The latest metrics for the mobile phone industry have hit the wires, and there are some surprises from the comScore’s findings. That being said, there are also reveals that come without any surprise, whatsoever — especially when you consider the …

WordPress Launches WordPress.com Text Message Features
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Wordpress has announced the launch of WordPress.com Text Messaging. Users can text 77377 (PRESS) to manage their blogs using SMS messages.

There are free features as well as upgrade features available. For free, users can receive text notifications when users are added or removed, when the theme changes, and/or when the privacy settings change. 

ChaCha CEO: We’ll Drop T-Mobile if They Implement the “Twitter Tax”

Update: Gibbs is now reporting that T-Mobile’s move only affects messaging aggregators "that serve as kind of a middleman" between businesses and carriers. Companies with direct ties to T-Mobile ( a group that includes Facebook and Twitter) will reportedly not be affected.

Twitter Takes SMS Tweeting to Australia
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Twitter has partnered with Telstra to launch Twitter SMS in Australia.

"As always, it is free to receive notifications and standard text messaging rates apply to sending," says Twitter’s Kevin Thau. "It’s the same pricing as sending and receiving text messages from friends."

Facebook Moves Further Into Twitter Territory
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Facebook is now offering its users the ability to receive their friends’ status updates via text message on their phones. If you click on the "subscribe via SMS" link below your friends’ profile pics, you get their latest updates this way.

Another Round of Noteworthy Facebook Tidbits
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There is always plenty to discuss about Facebook as the site continues to grow rapidly. However, there are a few items of interest floating around the blogosphere currently that I wanted to highlight here.

Yahoo Mail Classic Gets Chatty
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Yahoo announced that it now offers an SMS chat feature in its classic version of Yahoo Mail, something Gmail has been offering for several months, and Yahoo has been doing in its newer version since 2007.

Google has offered SMS in its chat since October, and Chat in general for quite some time. They have also launched voice and video chat recently.

Text Messaging Available In Gmail Chat
If you live in the US and are a user of Gmail’s chat service then you now have access to a pretty cool feature which allows you to send text messages right through the chat window!

We’re just trying it out for cell phones in the United States right now, but you can send texts to your friends with US phone numbers from anywhere in the world.

Text Messaging Right From Gmail
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Gmail has introduced a new Labs feature that allows users to send SMS text messaages to their contacts directly from Gmail. This will help stay in touch with people you have been chatting with in Gmail if they are away from their computer.

To utilize this feature:

1. Click on Settings
2. Got to the Labs tab
3. Scroll down until you see "Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat"
4. Select Enable
5. Save Changes

Twitter Turns Off SMS Updates

I wasn’t going to give Twitter’s "we’re stopping SMS text messages in most countries" announcement much real estate today, then a single comment gave me pause for thought.

First, the background:

Need Answers? Text ChaCha!
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ChaCha recognized this trend and decided to make the most of the situation. The search engine is already unique with its community of human search guides, but today ChaCha announced it is launching a mobile service called textChaCha.

 

 

Young Europeans Love Their Text Messaging

E-marketer delivered a Forester study today that showed that 92% of young mobile users in certain European countries report sending SMS text messages on their phone.

Businesses Should Email Interested Consumers

More than half of U.S. consumers who say they are interested in a company are open to receiving a personalized or generic email or text message from the business they are interested in, according to Vertis "2007 Customer Focus Tech Savvy’ study.