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Friday, October 27, 2006

Cellphedia: Mobile Social Encyclopedia

Like a mobile version of Yahoo! Answers, Cellphedia is based on a neat concept: get users to answer each others' questions via text messaging. Once you register, you can text message questions to specific groups of users like art, poli, ent, and food. Whoever answers your question first gets a point.

You can see who's asked and answered the most questions and also see what the accumulated knowledge base of Cellphedia is here. While accuracy is clearly an issue, this mobile social encyclopedia is an interesting experiment. It's actually a thesis project by Limor Garcia, a grad student at NYU.

There is a clear appeal to having real people answer your questions instead of using Google via SMS or even looking up Wikipedia on your iPod. It makes looking for information a social rather than solitary activity.



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