Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice?

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Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? sys_mom 5/10/13 2:57 PM
Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice?   This action by Google seems to violate their stated mission.

"Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."


Very many people used that sms search tool as their only way to get information sent to their phones.  Not everyone owns a smartphone with a data plan.  Your lack of warning and fore-site in this matter is a disappointment.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? bluequoll 5/10/13 5:27 PM
Google SMS Search has just been shut down.
See the reply by Google Employee Jessics S. here.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? sys_mom 5/10/13 6:23 PM
I have re-opened this topic because I ask "why was it done without notice?"  
Notice the "without notice" part.  No where in the other discussion is this part of my question answered.  
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Kyle Tozier 5/11/13 3:05 PM
Completely agree. I use this service almost daily. Tried searching something today and got the message stating they discontinued the service. Very very disappointing :(
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? sys_mom 5/12/13 9:47 AM
I was shocked on Thursday when Google sms texted back that the service was shutdown.  What?  When?  How did I not know this was to occur?  Since then I have searched all over the internet looking for any tech news articles I might have missed that hinted this was going to happen.  I have found nothing.  There was news that Google reader was going bye bye.  Google Cloud Connect, Google Building Maker,  Google Voice App for Blackberry, plus more were being dropped but no news about sms search.   http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html

So I have to ask.....  did Google think if they mentioned it before hand they would get too much negative feedback and be forced to keep sms search?  Why the sneaky no heads up shutdown?  Why have none of the tech news writers written about this?  (I looked on Friday and saw nothing at that time)  Why does Google mark the threads about this as complete when so many clients still want answers about this?  I used to brag about using Google sms search on my dumb phone.  I could find information faster than my 20 something children could on their smart phones.

There used to be a plan when products were phased out.  Clients were warned.  Work-a-rounds were discussed.  Efforts were made to assure no one was left technically "stranded".  What the Heck?  What happened to this industry?    

Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? JM CD 5/13/13 5:18 AM
What a shame.
This was by far the single greatest tool Google made available to the masses. It was beneficial to anyone with a cell phone and text messaging plan.
I have been using it for so many years and now I read that it's just gone. Gone!

Getting SMS information back from google via sms was ALWAYS faster than firing up a smartphone browser or computer to track down info.

Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Kainzo Romanous 5/13/13 8:32 AM
This is one of google's first bad moves... I hope this isnt a continuing trend...
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? sys_mom 5/13/13 10:14 PM
News from a related topic thread is that there are two similar sms services available from companies other than Google.  

4Info  txt queries to 44636
http://www.4info.com/solutions/sms/    

and DOTGO   txt queries to 368266  http://dotgo.com/Users/Resources/DOTGOSimulator/

per the other thread DOTGO not available in Canada. idk about 4Info

Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Mathieu Gouin 5/15/13 8:49 AM
I want to add my voice to this thread.  I'm very disappointed about this bad move.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Peter Green 01 5/16/13 10:10 AM
I am very disappointed with google for shutting down the service. I have found that 4info (44636) is a working SMS search. I have now moved on to the different service and will advise others.

I am also thinking about changing my search provider. After this move Bing is looking better.

Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? efactor 5/24/13 9:53 AM
I never even knew Google had such a cool service. So when we heard it got shuttered, we built a replacement. You can find it here: http://s.gnoss.us/googlesms
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? jloe 5/29/13 10:26 AM
Hi, I am glad you are trying to replace the SMS search because it was very useful. However, your current attempt doesn't work the way Google SMS used to. I tried your service to get the address of nearby businesses within a category (pizza city, state), to get the address of a specific business (My pizza place city, state), to get movie times (movie times, city, state), to get directions (starting address, city, state to ending address, city, state). Google text would have sent back the information, but your service did not return any relevant content. Your service sent back the first few lines of a webpage (usually a yelp review),along with a url to go for more info. But of course I don't have Internet access, or I wouldn't be using your service.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Joe1somebody 5/30/13 10:40 AM
I agree, I am very upset and disappointed that Google shut down the service without notice.  And I'm even more disappointed that Google seems to ignore the voice of so many previous users of this service.  Google was always so good about satisfying customer wants, it no longer appears that way.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? criddery 6/2/13 9:44 PM
I agree I'm truly disappointed.  I realize SMS did not deliver me ads, which is why I assume Google did away with it.  I just wish Google could go back to being a cool company that just can offer appz and other utilities just because it can.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? clydelerner 6/3/13 11:31 AM
Wow - dude - you got a long way to go. Doesn't show street addresses or phone numbers in your responses. You must put a big BETA on your web page. You won't be able to charge for this for a long time - until you tighten up the product.
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Mathieu Gouin 6/7/13 7:48 AM
Hello all "ex-users" of the google SMS!

I would like to bring to attention another service that I found and is giving quite good results.  I don't have any affiliation with this company, I just started using it and found it's quite useful.  It's called TxtWeb (www.txtweb.com).  The US/Can number is: 650-385-8882.

This service has many "apps" denoted with @.

For example, to find business address & phone number around a particular location, you would use the app @findnearme.  See more info at http://www.txtweb.com/apps/findnearme

@findnearme <Keyword>:<Address>

Example: @findnearme starbucks:new york

There are many apps available, some more useful than others...

Hope this helps!
Re: Why was SMS Search shutdown without notice? Mathieu Gouin 6/7/13 7:49 AM
...Forgot to say txtweb is free!