Answering all my prayers (well, the ones about adding text messages to Gmail), Google has added text messaging capability. It’s only in chat mode for now, but can straight texting from Gmail be far behind? Thinking this is probably for Android, but who knows. I was hoping that a response from the phone to the text would automagically save the person’s cell phone email address in your phone, but alas. Google is too tricky for that.
Text Messaging in Chat
Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards.
To get it to work, go to the Lab tab in the Settings menu and enable this feature.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could send a text message out of Gmail simply by entering a 10 digit phone number into the “To:” field of an email? Gmail would determine the carrier and send the message to your recipient. There ought to at least be a Greasemonkey script that uses one of the free online text messaging services for this task…
Make it happen, people!
John McCain has been having a lot of trouble lately finding musicians willing to let him use their music. He’s run afoul of John Mellencamp, twice, and even used the song of a Democratic Congressman. We understand, it’s hard work calling people up and asking them if it’s OK to use their music. Because running for president is such hard work and there are so many details associated with it, we wanted to make things a little easier by creating a list of all the bands/artists that would prefer the McCain campaign not use their work. We hope to turn this into a valuable time saver so they can get on to more important things, like learning more about the VP pick. If you’d like to be added to the list, let us know or leave a message in the comments and we’ll put you on.
ABBA – Take a Chance on Me
Addison Groove Project
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Bon Jovi – Who Says You Can’t Go Home
Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Foo Fighters – My Hero
Gretchen Peters – Independence Day
Heart – Barracuda
Jackson Browne – Running on Empty
John Mellencamp – Pink Houses AND Our Country
Orleans – Still the One
The Quick Six
Ten Years Too Late
Van Halen – Right Now