[Wikimediaindia-l] SMS WIkipedia app in India

Barry Newstead bnewstead at wikimedia.org
Wed Feb 2 00:39:42 UTC 2011

Hi all,

We just had a demo of an interesting SMS application called txtweb 
<http://www.txtweb.com/>. It is a beta platform that allows content 
developers to publish their content using an apps model.  It was 
developed by some engineers at Intuit as a side project a few months back.

They have developed an app for English Wikipedia that has been rolled 
out in India.  The whole platform is India only for now.

How it works:
Type: @wikipedia<space><article name> e.g., @wikipedia mumbai gets you 
the Mumbai article.
Send the SMS to 92433-42000
Links have a letter associated with it e.g., (B)Maharashtra. If you 
reply (B) it will send you that article.

It would be great if folks tried out the service and provided feedback 
to us (and we'll pass it on). I've set up a page on Strategy Wiki for 
people to add comments: http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Txtweb_feedback

I'm particularly interested in how folks use such a service and whether 
the limited length of the message delivers a decent user experience.  
Also, how would you improve the UI.

Feel free to pass this on to other lists or groups.


Barry Newstead
Chief Global Development Officer
Wikimedia Foundation
Tel: +1-415-839-6885 x. 6634
Skype: barry.wikimedia
Twitter: @bazanews

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