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August 29, 2008

Texting: What's Good

I went to college in the pre-cell phone era, way back in the mid-1990s. Now, of course, we're all way more advanced. Not only do we have super cool cell phones, we don't even just use them to talk to each other! They've become mobile data devices.

This shift has been going on for a few years, but I think it took a major step forward in the past few weeks as the Obama campaign promoted its texting service on the national stage. Nielsen Mobile estimates that nearly 3 million people received Obama's "Joe Biden is my veep" text. And then last night, I heard them plugging it from the podium during the convention.

I was excited to hear the Obama people talking up texting, because we're about to start experimenting with it, too. What's Good is debuting its first texts next week. You can sign up to get 'em by texting "wgme" to 21321. Or enter your phone number here.

We'll text you twice a week with discounts, parties and events. You'll be able to get a coupon on your phone, and then you show your phone at the business and get a good deal.

OK, it's not quite as exciting as finding out Obama's veep pick, but it has the potential to be pretty cool.

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