In a world where everyone is connected, and content is created and shared between PEOPLE everywhere (ie, not propoganda and marketing from companies), instantly, I think this new company, TextPayMe has a true market. Imagine if you will a completelly cash free society where someone finds something of yours they love (on the street or on craigslist.org), asks you how much, you agree on a price and then they pay you via SMS! No change in your pocket, you always know exactly how much money you have, etc. Anyway, here is a blurb about them from TechCrunch.com…
TextPayMe is coming out of beta on a SMS payment service (U.S. only) that allows anyone to send money to anyone else via cell phone. You simply sms the payment to another phone number.
For example, to send $15.27 to a friend with mobile number (206) 555-1234, you would text “PAY 15.27 2065551234″ to [email protected]
The service is currently free, and they are giving every new user $5 to sign up (this really reminds me of the early days with paypal, where they also gave $5 for every new signup and you could beam payments between Palm Pilots).
Your TextPayMe account can be tied to your bank account for moving money into and out of the virtual account. You can also give TextPayMe your credit card for Ã¢â‚¬Å“overdraftÃ¢â‚¬Â payments.
It looks like they will eventually charge for transactions, but the service is free for now.
Another great idea will be opening its Web 2.0 doors soon in the form of classified items and blogging. This new service, Edgeio, will allow you to post the classified ads to your blog (much like people do at craigslist or ebay) and tag the post as “listing”. This will get picked up by the Edgeio system and the people that browse that system can find the products they are looking for. I think the concept is ingenious and I may just have to start researching more uses for tag specific uses myself.
The way Edgeio works is that bloggers would post items they want to sell right on their blogs, tagging them with the word “listing” (and eventually other descriptive tags). Then, Edgeio will pluck them as it constantly crawls millions of blogs looking for the “listing” tag and index them on Edgeio.com.
Also, Edgeio sends a trackback to the blog, providing a way for the blogger to go to Edgeio and modify the listing, adding other tags such as “autos” and other data that will further help the listing appeal to potential buyers.
Seriously…if you need instructions to open a candy bar, you REALLY shouldn’t be eating it. What’s the world coming to when Hersheys thinks people need help tearing into a bar of chocolate? Is this stuff NOT made for children anymore? Do kids even read instructions when an adult gives them candy so they know the proper way to open and enjoy it? This Photo taken by theFerf
I am eagerly anticipating the Mac version of this one. It could have a dramatic effect on the podcasting landscape if people could have the ability to create and share playlists of podcasts and podsafe music through podcasting sites. Follow link for screen shots.
Songbird, the eagerly anticipated new media browser and web player built on the Mozilla (Firefox) engine, will launch (for Windows) later tonight or this morning. Mac and linux will come later.
Since songbird is a web browser in addition to a media player, user will be able to browse web sites. If audio files are embedded in the site, they will be displayed separately and can be played, downloaded, included in playlists, etc.