Saturday, September 25, 2010

@Channel - Free SMS Channel Service

As soon as TxtWeb announced that they will support PUSH, I got this idea. But I thought that this time I should do it, the way it should be done. So here it is:

What is it?
It is like mailing lists. You create a channel, people subscribe to it. You send updates/notifications/reminders and all the subscribers, they get them as SMS for free. It's unidirectional communication at the moment, but give me a free, calm weekend I will make it a conversation tool.

How do you use it?
  1. You create a channel by registering on the page.
  2. You then publicize the channel and ask people to send
    @channel subscribe YourChannelName to +91 92433 42000
  3. You send a message to all the subscribers from the site (or automate it using the API provided already).
Where can you use it?
  1. Department Placements: DPNs can create channels where junta can receive reminders about the PPTs, talks and workshops
  2. Clubs: Tell people to come to the meeting, participate in an event or send them results of the last.
  3. Hostels: Wing channels, create one and notify when there is a new chick in the wing. Who would not want to increase the volume of music when there are 'guests' around! ;)
  4. Blog/Website Owners: Create a channel for your readers, notify them about the updates of your blog.
  5. Daily Services: Create services like Daily News, Daily Jokes, Daily questions, Daily Vocab Building exercises and more! All you need to do is create a CRON job and use the developer API.
  6. And the list can go on and on and on!
What's coming?
  • Search option for public channels
  • 2-way communication
  • Better statistics for the channel owners!
  • Or anything else you want, just leave a comment!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Mayank, great app! Can I search for existing channels/groups from my phone or in the website? Is there some sort of directory or search function?

    Also, how do you see this service compare to something like SMSGupShup?