ChaCha, a unique “mobile answers” service, has teamed with “Rock The Vote” to engage and inform voters as well as provide voting, polling and other related information for the upcoming November 4 election. With the knowledge of Rock The Vote, combined with the streamlined delivery of ChaCha, users can simply text-in their questions about the election, and receive an instant response.
Here’s how it works: users can send questions to RTVOTE (788683) and politically trained ChaCha Guides will provide informed, non-partisan answers via SMS within minutes. Potential voters can learn everything from where their polling place is, to the positions taken by the candidates on everything from energy to taxation. You can also access the service by calling 1-800-2ChaCha as well.
First of all, I love this service, because that’s exactly what it is… a “service”. You ask your question and then do something else, then verify later. And there is something about the “Wizard of OZ” humanness of ChaCha that makes me happy. The story above is interesting to me as it’s the first organized and completely specific group search endeavor that I remember (besides the SETI screensaver thingy), and I am sure there have been many others folks… please feel free to list them in comments. What I am merely saying is that it sparked my interest in the possibility of massive group search around a single concept. Maybe its is currently happening elseware on the net. I would love to hear about it if anyone has info.
Think about what it would be like if we had organized, globalized search projects/initiatives for a range of issues? The opportunity for reaching globalized superordinate goals seems obvious and eventual. I’m just thinking/typing out-loud here.
Update* – Literally seconds after I posted this I found out about @Amber Alert on twitter. That is EXACTLY what I am talking about in this post. List more if you know about them.