A few months back while traveling for work, I had some time to kill in between meetings. Unfamiliar with New Jersey, I used the Google SMS service to locate a Costco (because I admit to being a browser). I entered the search on my cell and within 1 minute, I had the address and phone number of 2 Costco’s in the vicinity.
This morning the Cool Tools site shares how to actually use the service:
The steps (given by Google):
1. Start a new text message and type in your search query
2. Send the message to the number “46645” (GOOGL)
3. You’ll receive text message(s) with results
One of the tough things is understanding what to enter and what Google understands. Here is a few samples:
- Enter what you want to find. You can search for either a specific business (Pizza Hut) or a general service (pizza).
- Make sure to include both a city and state, or a zip code with your search terms.
- If you want to make sure you get local listings, put a period between the business name and the location (‘pizza.10013’ or ‘pottery barn.boston ma’)’
To get driving directions, use any of the following combinations as your query:
- Address + zip code
- Address + city + state
- City + state
- City (for major metropolis)
- Zip code
- Airport code (e.g., EWR for Newark Liberty Airport, LAX for Los Angeles Airport)
- population of Japan
- Mark Twain’s real name
- who wrote hamlet