NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Go800’s One Text, You Connect service launches today. The text-to-talk service is the new way of placing phone calls by giving a voice to the names in your social world. For the first 90 days, the service is enabling voice capabilities for Twitter users. After that, it's going to be first come first serve as registration is opened to other social networks. Go800 allows anyone to text a person’s Go800 enabled Twitter name and be connected live without knowing or dialing a phone number. Today, Twitter users across the United States and Canada can immediately register and use the service on the Go800 platform at www.go800corp.com. Twitter users abroad can reserve their Twitter name for future use with the service. Go800 Starter accounts are FREE and come complete with 100 FREE minutes of usage per month (standard message and data rates may apply for text messages). Higher usage plans will soon be available.
Go800 helps people to connect with one another online and offline, by providing a simple mobile platform for friends, family and other social contacts to connect to you with your name rather than a number. David Harper, co-founder, says, “Phone numbers are dead. How many people actually know your phone number by heart? We remember names much better then numbers. Wouldn’t it be nice if people could call you by simply knowing your name? With Go800 they can. The days of remembering and storing phone numbers are gone.”
The One Text, You Connect service works by enabling your Twitter name on the Go800 platform and entering the phone number you would like others to connect to (mobile phone, Google Voice number, Skype number, Toll-free, land line, etc). With your Twitter name now “Go800 Enabled,” friends, family, social or business contacts can instantly reach you within seconds by texting your Twitter name to 46800 (Go800).
There are countless personal, professional, and business uses for Go800’s One Text, You Connect service. Individuals can easily give out their Twitter name instead of phone numbers online, at social events, and conferences. Celebrities, politicians, and other public figures can connect their Google Voice numbers, leaving personalized daily messages. The local pizza shop can connect you with someone to take your order. Charities can connect you with a live operator to get your donations. Brands can add easy to remember text-to-talk prompts to print advertising, radio spots, and television commercials.
Go800 has an array of easily customizable and secure privacy options to protect the identity of customers and their phone numbers. These privacy options include allowing everyone to contact the user using their Twitter name, turning the service off completely, or only allowing the people you trust to contact you via this method. Users can also report abuse directly to the Go800 team on their website.
The Go800 team stands behind the theory that phone numbers will eventually be viewed in the same light as IP addresses. The Internet Encyclopedia Volume 1, by Hossein Bidgoli, states that "IP addresses are not friendly to human eyes. Looking something like, ‘192.168.27.145,’ it was quickly determined that it would be easier to assign names to stand in for those numbers because many humans find it easier to remember names than to remember numbers. Thus, the designers of the early Internet developed the domain name system (DNS) to permit the reliable association of names with IP addresses." Go800 is looking to do the same with phone numbers, relegating numbers to the role of the plumbing behind the connection of calls using memorable names – the names we use in our everyday social lives.
Go800 is based in New York City and is dedicated to creating technology that allows individuals to connect in more efficient ways. We believe we live in a world where everyone sends too many emails and has forgotten about the importance of just picking up the phone. But we also feel we know why. We don’t know anyone’s phone number!