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10/18/2007

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Een

It seems like a voice/text version of the reply all email function.

raf

Send one voice mail to a group instead of saying the same thing multiple times to each member of the group.

karen

Interesting. Can you think of a reason why you would want to do that?

karen

Good. Can you think of a scenario where this would be useful to you?

raf

It is the day of one of your daughter's birthday parties and she becomes horribly ill on the day of it causing you to cancel the party.You could use this to contact the invitees to let them know the party is canceled.

raf

or if you want to leave someone a message but don't need to talk to them (e.g. running late to dinner with a group of friends).

karen

yes. i have heard of other people using this to coordinate group activity:
Al: "are youguys free for dinner tonight?"
Joe replies to all: I am free, let's doJapanese"
Lisa replies to all: I am free too, let's go to Okina Sushi at 7"
Lisa replies to Joe "want to carpool?"
Joe to Lisa "yep, I'll pick you up at 6:30
Lisa replies to all "see you at 7"
etc.
Can you imagine that as an email thread?

Een

General laziness. I can see where I'd rather use it than call a lot of people I'm meeting or do multiple texts. I hate talking on the phone and love text-ing and this would be convenient. I could have used it this weekend when I was on campus and a bunch of us were trying to coordinate where we'd meet for drinks.

karen

yep. you totally get this. i hope you try it out.
I've started using it for that - when i want to tell you something but I don't really want to talk to you....

raf

My mother would hear more often from me with this service :pKudos to the director of the video. They did a good job demonstrating the service in a brief period of time.

Kelev T. Cat

Pinger is... another social interaction tool I won't be using. You (somehow) set up an address book/contact list with the Pinger system, interact with it using voice recognition, record messages, and other people receive text notification that they have a voicemail waiting for them on Pinger's system. Recipients have to call Pinger (rather then their usual voicemail) and interact with the system using traditional button interaction. [Does it sound like I'm not overly impressed? Disclaimer: I am definitely not in your target audience.]As for the video, it seems cute, hip, and informative in a short amount of time. Phones have the wrong number of buttons on them.

Een

Okay, if it works the way Kelev T. Cat says, I wouldn't use it. Too much bother.

karen

Hello Kelev, it has been ages since I've seen you around, thanks for your feedback!
Even though, you sound pretty jaded, let me give this a go, because Pingeris less complicated than you described. To send a Pinger message:
1. Dial 858 2 PINGER
2.Say the number you are calling
3.Say the name of that person (so that next timeyou callyou say "Karen" instead of the number).
4. Record your message (you know, talk)
5. Hang up.
If someone sends a Pinger to you:
1. Read the text msg.
2. Click the green button on your phone, or scroll over the pinger number in the message and hit dial (this is dependent on what kind of phone you have).
3.Listen to the message
4. Hang up.
Alternate 4: press one to reply, say something, thenhang up
Alternate 4: press two to reply all, say something, then hang up.
If you wanted, you could go to the web site and enter the names numbers of your friends but very few people actually do this because the phone interaction is so easy.
I suspectyou areright about not being the target audience, and in theory, neither am I. For most of this newfangled stuff you and I are too damn old. The kids, however seem to like it. ;-)

karen

Yes, I think my whole family would hear more from me. It's kinda like a blog post but with voice and onlyto certain people...

karen

So, did my instructions make you feel better about it, or worse?

Een

I would only want to read the text. I wouldn't want to have to call for a voice message. I hate voice messages. I like texts. I am simple, I am. I typically like any new technology but had anything having to do with listening to messages. I would love this thing if there was no speaking involved.

karen

good to know. this product is definitely not for you. ;-)
it's good for people who like to talk, but don't want to have a synchronous conversation.
Maybe our friend Deb is right when she says"there are text people and there are talk people." She's a self-proclaimed text person.
Myself, I guess I'ma hybrid. I like to text, but I also like to talk. And I love to hear the sound of other people. I justdon't like having to talk to them Right Now.

Een

I think Deb is right. I mostly dread voicemail, except on the rare occasion. My texting skills are up there with the fastest 13 year-old girls, I've been told and I am usually an early technology adopter. That's one thing that drives me a bit crazy about my MLIS program. We are kind of driven in half between those who want to use new technologies and others who think that since cataloging has worked as it is for the last 100+ years it should stay that way.

Annabelle

Just tried this and it seems like something I'd use. I've always wanted to be able to send my voice like a text message. No, seriously. I like it.

karen

That is very cool to hear. I hope that if you decide to use it again you'll let me know what your experience is like. In fact, what I'd really love is for you to be someone I could bounce ideas off of. :-)

Patty

I've been using it from time to time, so you can Pinger you're mom. Oh joy!

Fantana McLovin

...wait, so this is only limited to other subscribers, users of the service? in other words, in order to use this, my buddy down the street, the crack whore on story and jackson, and my director at work, all have to have this in order to maximize the use of it?
i grasp the concept, but in the age of blackberry's, treo's, text messaging, etc? really don't see the benefit to this if that's the case. i gather you're soliciting both positive and constructive feedback since you started your new gig (congrats btw) but has there (or will there be) an aggressive push to market this to cell phone providers as a value add feature or is going to be a stand alone product.
see, i'm looking at it from an investors POV and trying to see the worth out of this. perhaps i'm missing the point, but I may be spot on with my assesment of this.

karen

This is not a subscription, there is nothing to "have" and this is not a social network. It works as simply as this: you call a number, you say a number for a mobile phone - any mobile phone in the US - you leave a message and you hang up. While cell phone providers might be interested in the functionality, part of the beauty of Pinger is that it is not confined to a carrier's silo. You can be on Verizon, and I can be on Sprint, and we can exchange Pinger messages. We can send them, save them, forward them etc.And yes, I posted this because I am looking for positive and negative feedback. And also because I am curious to see how easily people understand the concept. Did you watch the video? What did you think of it?

Een

So, last night I showed it to Matt, who deemed it "interesting", which is good praise. We both tried it and he really liked it. I maintain I still text over voice but I'd rather use it and leave one message than many.

Barry

gettinglast minute message to soccer team parents, say when there's a pending thunderstorm and everybody is getting on the road to drive 45 minutes 1 way to the field? Or there's a last minute change in venue?
question: can I set up a phone list? i want to be able to say "soccer moms" and be able to hit every parent on the team with one message.

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