Recently we received an email from Mathew Cassidy sharing with us how he is using YouTXT. Another brilliant example of how easy and effective YouTXT can be to help people in their everyday lives.
Just found your guys website this morning! Excellent stuff!
I am a relief teacher around Auckland (mostly the North Shore). I have an online calendar that I use that allow principals to book me for relief work at their schools.
Sometimes schools need to find out my availability, often at 6.30am in the morning. The person may not have convenient access to the Internet at that time. But now, using your guys system, I can set a message up before I go to bed, letting schools know my availability (or unavailability). For example:
Text: ‘CHECK’ to ’8808′
STATUS FOR FRI 13/7/07 = AVAILABLE FOR RELIEF WORK. Mobile is 0212382736. All calls before 7:15am please. This text costs 50 cents. Matt Cassidy
This way, if the person is desperate for a relief teacher (often they are) and do not want to make a dead call (ie, call me to only find out that I’m not available), they can text my code (CHECK) to 8808 and recieve a text telling them my status for that day!
Previously, some schools were saying to me – ‘I don’t want to have to log into the Net at 6.30am to check your calendar’. Fair enough I guess. But now, I can tell them they don’t have too, as long as they have a mobile phone, my code ( CHECK) and the number (8808). Admittedly, this system only works if I update my status at the end of each working day!
Anyway, I think this will help make me more marketable to schools, as it helps to solve, in part, the ‘dead call’ issue which is the bane of teachers in charge of finding relief staff!