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Have You Heard Of 800-goog-411?

by Ed Attanasio (writer), San Frickin' Frisco, Baby!, August 13, 2008

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Save yourself time and $$ with 800-goog-411!

I always seem to find out about cool stuff well after everyone else. I am a low-tech, day-late, dollar-short kind of guy. For the longest time, I thought a Cincy Bowtie was actually a piece of clothing. I was under the impression that an iPod was a newly discovered antioxidant plant material. Someone told me that an upper decker was a cheap seat at a ballgame.

Needless to say, I eventually found out what all these things are--like a year later. That's why I wasn't surprised to discover that I am one of the last people in my circle of friends to find out about what's called 800-GOOG-411.

What is it? Well, 800-GOOG-411 is a free phone information system, just like good old Pac Bell's 411, but better. I love Google! They're coming up with great new things all the time, and the best thing is--they're usually free. What an amazing company Google is.

Basically, 800-GOOG-411 allows you to find phone numbers and addresses. But, the best thing about it is that you can also search for types of businesses.

So, if you want to locate a strip club in Antioch, all you have to do is say the city name and then say "strip clubs." Then it gives you the top 8 in the category (some place named "Good Time Girls" is number one, for those who are interested.)

You can find places by city name, zip code, or even cross streets. So, it's ideal if you're traveling out of town and don't know the area.

But, the best thing is--it's free. Every time you call the standard 411, the phone comapny charges you anywhere between fifty cents to more than a dollar, so you can save a ton of money with 800-GOOG-411 if you call 411 a lot, like I do.

Plus, half the time 411 operators give you the wrong number, which means you have to go back and bitch at them until they give you a credit, which can take months to appear on your bill.

Hats off to Google for once again making our lives a little easier...and less expensive. Now if we can just persuade Chevron to start giving away free gas!

For more information about this great service, check out Google's blog.



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9 comments on Have You Heard Of 800-goog-411?

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on August 13, 2008 at 02:44 pm

thats pretty cool! i never hear about any of the new things that are out too so dont feel bad. you cant beat free, so you bet im gonna use it! thanks champ!

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By L DeSilva-Johnson on August 29, 2008 at 09:23 am

you can also send txts to googl (46645) and it will answer via txt.... ie: restaurants, chinese, brooklyn, ny and it will send you a whole list (usually about 6 or so with an option for more) -- you can find phone numbers, addresses, weather....

Oh, google. we don't know how to operate without you!

(ed -- for a moment I thought Gary Wells was back.... you don't WORK for google, do you? jk, jk.)

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By slowasigo on August 31, 2008 at 11:25 pm

thanks for the info.  great article

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By AmyO on September 01, 2008 at 01:12 pm

I had heard about this but I couldn't remember what the number was!! Thanks for the reminder!

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By AmyO on September 01, 2008 at 01:12 pm

I had heard about this but I couldn't remember what the number was!! Thanks for the reminder!

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By Ed Attanasio on November 02, 2011 at 09:31 am

Google killed this a few years back.

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