What big [Data Scraping] Eyes you have !
Facebook wants to host some of your customer data, an offer that hurts its own partner community. The antisocial giant says it will host data generated by WhatsApp, specifically when used alongside the messaging service’s Business API. That interface lets businesses manage messages to and from customers, and to integrate e- …
I've noticed a real uptick in businesses (and politicians) using text messages instead of phone calls recently, including phishing attempts. This is supposedly due to people not answering phone calls from numbers they don't recognize. And yes, I am one of those people.
"I've noticed a real uptick in businesses (and politicians) using text messages instead of phone calls recently"
If you can get to the right person at the telco, you can have text disabled on your line. When I had it, it was a huge time waster. I can't be doing anything else while texting and people don't return complete and correct answers very often. If there are more than a couple of questions in a text, they will only answer the first one or two. A 20 minute text exchange can be replaced with a 1 to 2 minute voice call. I am mainly doing field service so, with a headset on, I can talk to people while I'm driving or working at another job site. I'm not losing customers by not having text. I ask that they email me when sending addresses and other information that I'll need. Email protocols are far more robust and there are more tools for managing interactions.
I agree, I possibly miss some 'news' because it is a video segment and I rapidly pass on by to the next written account. My typing is lousy, (arthritis?), but I still send and receive messages as needed. The written word hangs about until it is processed or deleted, spoken claptrap passes on by, to the sewers of a bygone age where it may meet up with Facebook's antisocial detritus.
If my phone was smart enough to detect a pause in any conversation that was going on, moderated its volume to the ambient noise levels, informed me once that the delivery was on its way, and left a silent notification on screen in case I missed it (or didn't if I verbally acknowledged the message), then yes.
So voice is superior for "Your food delivery from restaurant X is on its way" style messages?
I think not."
First, don't you want to get out of the house and can pick up your own food yourself? Sheesh.
Second, If I have ordered in, I expect that it will be delivered in the time frame I'm given when I place the order. I don't need a text that tells me it's on the way. (I never order for delivery anyway and do my own cooking the vast majority of the time).
You've clearly never ordered overtime food for a team of hungry developers.
So, firstly... no, nobody is going to go out and pick up food for 40 people. Doubly so when the person ordering probably has better things to be doing.
And secondly... it's nice to be able to tell people their dinner is on the way.
And thirdly... why are you voicing your opinion on a subject you admit to knowing nothing about?
“ you want to get into business with a corporation that has failed to suppress misinformation”
Don’t you know that when in the Eastern Block countries their Communist leader suppressed information and arrested dissidents it was always explained by the need to “suppress misinformation”?
Looks like The Register is asking for Facebook to work on supporting let-wing totalitarianism.