[Wikimediaindia-l] SMS WIkipedia app in India

Sudhanwa Jogalekar sudhanwa.com at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 12:24:19 UTC 2011

Well, who owns that number? Wikipedia or some service provider?

What is the assurance from the service provider that the senders
number will not be used for spam or any other malicious purpose? Has
anyone considered privacy, security related issues?


On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 6:09 AM, Barry Newstead <bnewstead at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We just had a demo of an interesting SMS application called txtweb. 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
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