Update (June 1, 2009): The Kwiry Service has been saved. Here is the latest from the Kwiry blog:
On April 13th we shared the unfortunate news about kwiry’s impending shutdown. Since then, Wabo, LLC has purchased the kwiry service and will continue to maintain and improve it.
We are happy to relay this news and hope you are as well. While the founding team/management will be moving on, we are glad the kwiry service will continue to grow.
The service is being transitioned and should be fully functional again very soon, even within a few days.
Thanks also for all your messages of support during the past few weeks,
-Ron, Steve & Nabil
Update: The Kwiry Service is now shutdown.
Here is the news from Kwiry:
Dear kwiry Community,
It’s with heavy hearts that we send this note. On April 23, 2009 (12AM PDT), we will be discontinuing the kwiry service. As of today, the service will no longer accept new sign-ups. We have very much enjoyed getting to know many of you and working to build features to help you get things done and simplify your lives. We appreciate all of your help, feedback and patience as the kwiry service evolved. Unfortunately, due to economic realities, we can no longer maintain the service.
As you can tell from some of my previous posts, I’m into productivity tools. I recently found a site that helps solve a problem – keeping track of my stuff. Have you ever tried to remember something you heard, saw on the net, or viewed on television and didn’t have a place to jot it down? Remember all those Google searches you were going to do once you got back to your computer? Of course not, you forget them all. Well, don’t fret. If you do find yourself in that position again, you can use Kwiry to help you remember.
What is Kwiry
Kwiry is a web based service that you text or email just about anything you want to remember and have it queried (or kwiry’ed) by the site. The free service allows you to use your text message/email enabled phone to send short messages to your Kwiry website account so you can recall them later. Your “kwiry” is displayed on your account page at Kwiry.com with search results from Yahoo. Yahoo search is not all that’s available though. Tabs within the kwiry result include Local (with results for your zip code), Shopping, and Amazon (great for that book you want to remember to read) searches too. Sending text to Kwiry is like doing an Internet search without visiting a browser.
You will need to setup a free account at Kwiry.com in order to start using the service. Your valid email address (or your phone number, if you have setup the SMS integration) will be what Kwiry uses to determine what content to associate with your account. For instance, if you register firstname.lastname@example.org, anything you send to email@example.com from firstname.lastname@example.org will be associated with your account. You can also associate more than one email address if you want to send things to Kwiry from say a work email account and a personal email account. Once you register, you have the option to configure SMS or MMS messaging from your phone.
How to Kwiry
If you heard a song you liked (Shake It by Metro Station) and wanted to be sure to remember it so you could buy it later, you would text or email “Metro Station” to Kwiry. The term you sent (Metro Station in this example) will be saved for you on the Kwiry site. You can log in to your account at Kwiry.com anytime to view your results.
Kwiry also has some organization functionality as well. You can create folders and move kwirys into these folders for further categorization. If you’re a task minded person, the service allows you to turn any kwiry into a task with a due date that can then be tracked in a view
If privacy is concern, you can designate any kwiry as private by either preceding the text you send to Kwiry with a “p” (for instance: “p call doctor about rash”). This will designate the kwiry as a private — for your eyes only. You can also log into your account set the kwiry as private after the fact. Kwiry‘s default setting is to have all your kwirys set to view by “Anybody”, buy you can change this in the configuration.
Kwiry is also social. If you like, you can invite friends to Kwiry. You can view kwirys from the public community and comment on public kwirys. Your kwirys can also be designated as viewable by “Friends” only. So far the three designations are for “Anybody”, “Friends” and “Private”.
You can also designate a kwiry search result as a favorite. A small star icon to the right of the search result can be clicked to add that result to that kwiry’s favorite tab. The favorite tab is the collection of favorited results from the Amazon, Local, Web, and Shopping tabs. If you favorited anything from these tabs, it will show up here.
You also have the option to do an expanded search. Links available in the sidebar will send you to pages by Google, Ask, Yelp, Wikipedia, iTunes, and more with your kwiry term in as the search filter.
Kwiry also does a good job at integrating with other sites and networks. Here are some features you find quite useful.
- Tasks can be integrated into your calendar program.
- The ability to use Twitter to send updates to Kwiry (this is one of my favorites. Just follow http://twitter.com/kwiry).
- Show your kwirys on your Facebook page. You can also send kwirys from your Facebook page.
- Subscribe to an RSS feed of your kwirys.
So far, Kwiry has been quite useful for me. The support forums are monitored by Kwiry personnel and seem to be quite responsive to questions or problems. I had a small problem with my Twitter integration, submitted it to the support forums, and had it fixed in less than 24 hours. The friends feature of Kwiry might be a bit more useful if there was a way to setup groups. Besides that, I think Kwiry is a very viable service. If you decide to try it, add me as a friend. My username is “michaelhayslip”.