[Wikimediaindia-l] SMS WIkipedia app in India

Hari Prasad Nadig hpnadig at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 12:10:49 UTC 2011

Tried this today. Works well.

There are services where SMS costs upto 15 Rs. But this one was charged at
the normal rate. And it is useful where there is no Internet.

If this works for Indian languages in future - nothing like it!

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM, Asaf Bartov <asaf.bartov at gmail.com> wrote:

> Does ordering this content via SMS cost any money?
>    Asaf
> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 2:39 AM, Barry Newstead <bnewstead at wikimedia.org>wrote:
>>  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.
>> Best,
>> Barry
>>  --
>> Barry Newstead
>> Chief Global Development Officer
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> Tel: +1-415-839-6885 x. 6634
>> Skype: barry.wikimedia
>> Twitter: @bazanews
Hari Prasad Nadig
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