ITPUbiquitous Mobile Computing

UbiqMob: Assignment Number 2

By Tuesday, February 15, 2005 No Comments

Describe any text-messaging application you’ve had an experience with.
A few years back I had signed up for Major League Baseball email alerts from Yahoo! Sports. Now they are offering text messaging alerts.

http://beta.alerts.yahoo.com/config/edit_notification?.t=p&.hier=MLB&.mcb=&.done=http%3a//mobile.yahoo.com/%3f.up=1

Tell us about what the product does, the user experience and what you could do to improve that experience.
The product did a simple thing. it would email you the final game score and basic stats for a specific baseball team’s games. I chose to recieve alerts for the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. Since I recieved these alerts in my yahoo email account, I was able to view these emails from my Sprint cellphone. Using their wirless web, I was able to connect to Yahoo! and check my email and see the scores of a game if I was unablet to watch, listen, or read the scores.

The problem with the service then and now is that you could not track a specific player. If I wanted to know the specific stats of a player during the season, I would have to look it up online or read it in a newspaper. I always thought that this infomation would be useful to baseball enthusiasts, statisticians, and fantasy baseball players. Just like one could select a tean, it would be easy to select a player and receive txt alerts if one was unable to watch, view hightlights, etc etc…

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