Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jedi Mind Tricks and Google Voice will bring Change

When Obama was elected, everyone believed the world would instantly change. Well, I have always believed that if Google was elected president then the world WOULD change.

Getting to the point, there have been two new technology releases that make this blogger think that change is finally coming!
The first thing that caught my attention and really excites me is the Uncle Milton's "Star Wars" themed- FORCE TRAINER! It's a new toy that "harnesses the same technology doctors use to monitor brain waves." Basically, the toy gives you the ability to control the rise and fall of a pingpong ball in a clear tube by sensing a change in the user's brain-wave patterns. (I'm hoping that eventually they are able to make a device that actually let's you move other objects with your mind. Then again, wouldn't that make people similar to "Sylar" from Heroes or some other superhero?)
The next BIG release is Google Voice which I had been told about off the record about two years ago in London. At that time I thought that it was only going to be a way for people to make calls and send text messages. When I received an e-mail this morning from Google inviting me to open a Google Voice account, I was taken back by what they were really offering. As the e-mail said: "a service that makes using your current phones much better! Here's what it offers:

  • A personal phone number that rings all of your existing phones when people call
  • All of your voicemail in one inbox with unlimited online storage and free voicemail transcripts sent to your phone and email
  • Low-priced international calling to over 200 countries and free SMS
  • Other powerful features like the first phone spam filter to protect you from unwanted callers, the ability to ListenInTM on your voicemail messages while they are being left, conference calling and more
Please note that Google Voice is only available for sign up in the US."

Basically it's like turning your phone into an e-mail inbox. The only bad thing at the moment is that it is only offered in the U.S.. When I initially tried to register, it would not let me because of my IP address. I had to mask my IP so that I could register. (I was afraid all the good number would be taken if I didn't register now. Just like when facebook offered user names and I waited and then wasn't able to get a better name.) I've now tested it out about and am very excited to start integrating into my business. The only thing that I like about Skype versus Google voice is that everything is integrated in Skype. Maybe Google Voice will eventually add Google chat on the side and then we would be business! I'm just waiting for the Google Voice Ipod App.

So I hope you are all ready for the world to change. What do you think will be next due to these inventions? Do you think we could elect Google for president?

2 comments:

hmmm said...

Carolyn, you are missing a point or two concerns with this service. One deals with peoples cell phone plans. That whole idea that you call just AT&T plans and its free or just local. Now you are calling a server farm that is not one of your friends service providers phone numbers. Second, you are routing all of your phone calls through google's servers. Due to this you have some issues about who has rights to the information that passes through their servers, technically they do. Also through their terms of service they state they can provide you with advertisments anytime anyway they want. So just think about those concerns and issues too. ~brother

Carolyn said...

You make a great point! I will have to agree that the minus with this is that you don't have as many free phone calls between phone providers.

The second issue addresses privacy. These days we battle between being public and keeping our privacy. it's hard to tell where to draw the line. For a business, i can see this being an issue that you make a valid point about.

The advertisements don't bother me because we get them everywhere and we continue to learn how to ignore them.

I think one can use the service but maybe limit what they use the service for.

Thanks for the feedback!