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clund10
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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Sounds like a wonderful idea! Going to go update mine now.


May 15, 2014 at 01:59 AM
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p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Paul.K wrote:
You could do it easily if you have users put in their number and carrier. Then you just have a lookup for SMS gateway ( http://www.emailtextmessages.com/ ) and send an email to their number. For example [email protected] would be for verizon and it would go to their phone.


Paul,
I looked into implementing a text message alert for the mobile and it could work as you suggested. However it would be an expensive proposition as the site would have to pay for each SMS message sent.
Fred



May 15, 2014 at 02:44 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I looked into implementing a text message alert for the mobile and it could work as you suggested. However it would be an expensive proposition as the site would have to pay for each SMS message sent.
Fred


I am not sure why that would cost anything since it's exactly like sending an email from Outlook or Gmail. If the site can send out emails for free, it should be no different.



May 15, 2014 at 06:53 AM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Actually, I just tried it:







And then I sent a PM to myself (note 160 character limit cuts off the URL at the end).






This would even work on dumbphones. Another suggestion would be to have the person just text [email protected] so that you can just take their SMS gateway instead of using a lookup table. When I text my email for reminders, the address to text back comes up:









May 15, 2014 at 07:05 AM
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Yes, it is true that several carriers do provide free SMS gateways that you can send to by email, but the problem is that this is not provided by all of them and it would require that your members know their SMS gateway email, which is probably rarely the case, while they would usually know their cellphone number. I think that there's a risk that adding something like this could end up just confusing people who don't know what it is.


May 15, 2014 at 03:48 PM
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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


What a great idea! Thanks Fred
Regarding SMS, it can be done but you will have to pay for a SMS Gateway service.



May 16, 2014 at 03:06 AM
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p.4 #7 · p.4 #7 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Great idea, Fred. Cheers, KL


May 16, 2014 at 08:53 AM
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Regan wrote:
What a great idea! Thanks Fred
Regarding SMS, it can be done but you will have to pay for a SMS Gateway service.


All major carriers have free SMS gateways at least in the US.
http://newtech.about.com/od/mobile/a/Sms-Gateway-From-Email-To-Sms-Text-Message.htm.

I guess I am confused why you'd have to pay for that service. Regardless, it could be implemented but Fred is right that some members might get confused. Best to keep it simple. Those who want the messages on their phone can easily set up a filter or rule for their email to forward it to their phone if they want.



May 16, 2014 at 08:55 AM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Thanks Fred


May 16, 2014 at 02:56 PM
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p.4 #10 · p.4 #10 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Awesome new feature!!! Thanks for the upgrade.


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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


thank you fred it will save me lots of times!! really good idea!!!


May 16, 2014 at 09:54 PM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Is it just me or does this feature not send an email advising of a new "PM" ?


May 17, 2014 at 12:20 AM
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ibcj wrote:
Is it just me or does this feature not send an email advising of a new "PM" ?


Happens to me too. I posted about getting email notifications a few days ago but I think it got lost in the texting notifications chatter.

Fred, any way to implement email notifications for watch list items?



May 17, 2014 at 12:33 AM
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p.4 #14 · p.4 #14 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


MrMugman wrote:
Happens to me too. I posted about getting email notifications a few days ago but I think it got lost in the texting notifications chatter.

Fred, any way to implement email notifications for watch list items?


I will take a look. I am working on an option for members to get txt messages on their phones as well.



May 17, 2014 at 12:49 AM
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p.4 #15 · p.4 #15 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


ibcj wrote:
Is it just me or does this feature not send an email advising of a new "PM" ?


I checked into this. The reason you don't get the PM alert email notification is because the Watchlist PMs only show up on your inbox once you login in to the forum and the email would be redundant.
Once the SMS is implemented I will change the way the entire system works.
Fred



May 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


Thanks for the new feature. I've been window shopping for years. Anxious to use this.


May 23, 2014 at 03:41 AM
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p.4 #17 · p.4 #17 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


excellent. thank you.


Jun 01, 2014 at 01:04 AM
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p.4 #18 · p.4 #18 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


SMS (text notification) was also added for the Watchlist Keywords. Now Upload & Sell members can get alerts by PM and on their mobile phone.
Edit your profile and enable that feature.
Fred



Jun 01, 2014 at 01:46 AM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Buy & Sell Watchlist


I think this is one of the best ideas for a forum that I've seen. Makes buying and selling more efficient.


Jun 11, 2014 at 06:54 PM
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Canvaslove87 wrote:
I hope people don't abuse it. :/


There are few certainties in the world, but you can guarantee that for every new and wonderful feature rolled out, there will always be people silently lurking in the shadows, waiting to abuse it and irritate you.



Jun 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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