Just send the question to ChaCha in a text message on your mobile phone.
ChaCha is a free mobile answer service that connects you with a human expert to answer any question sent in conversational English through text messaging. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Send a text message that contains a question to 242242, and in minutes you will have an answer.
According to info.chacha.com, the expert answering the question is called a guide. The guides are certified by ChaCha, which means they are able to share information with the ChaCha community in a timely fashion. There are more than 10,000 guides nationwide, representing all 50 states.
Who do you have to thank for this electronic tool?
Scott Jones, the chief executive officer of ChaCha, who invented many technological devices, including the voicemail system that most phone companies use.
According to his blog at scottajones.com/blog, Mr. Jones said the idea for ChaCha came to him almost 20 years ago when he was in the middle a speech about his developing voicemail system.
"I needed some information for two speeches at separate conferences in London and Hong Kong on 'The Future of Voicemail,' " Mr. Jones said. "I started my speeches by walking up and down the stage talking to myself. After several long seconds of this, I would reveal that I was talking to the concealed mobile phone in my ear."
Mr. Jones said he had a vision he wanted to share. His vision was someone on the other end of the phone who would know an answer to any question he would ask.
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