Thursday, June 30, 2005

London city government embraces SMS

The Greater London Authority, which I think is the British equivalent of the American "Mayor's Office," recently announced a new SMS-based service for those in the city. Simply send an instant message to "MAYOR" from your phone to get all kinds of things returned to you from the local government - tourist info, transit schedules, even a chance to buy discounted same-day theatre tickets online. Brilliant! Why aren't more American cities doing something similar as well? (Thanks to Adverblog for pointing this out.)