So I don't ever eat at McDonalds, but my children love it so I take them once in awhile. While we are eating a server comes around and hands us some monopoly game cards. I ask my children what they are and they show me how the game pieces come off the food containers. So we won 2 medium fries and some game pieces. I have nothing better to do so I look at the games board and the pieces they won and I see one piece is Park Place with a prize of $1 million dollars IF you also have Boardwalk.
I kinda of do a double take and yep, seems like you win $50,000 per year for 20 years (no interest) if you come up with both Park Place and Boardwalk. Of course, I start walking around the restaurant seeing if anyone has Boardwalk (no such luck). Then I start thinking on way home, its just a matter of figuring who has what game pieces then putting them together to win.
As I spend all day thinking about geolocation and social networks I turn to Twitter and of course there are tweets #monopoly, #boardwalk, #parkplace. I even find a two guys on Twitter that claim they have boardwalk. Upon further inspections one claims he has bRoadwalk; slightly amused.
According to the official rules there are only two, get that 2, 1 million prizes available. I doubt the guy or gal that has Boardwalk is tweeting about it. Nevertheless there seems to be some reasonable cash prizes
We'll I've been working on a SMS system for use in Africa and I have it working here in the United States with a free phone call.
The irony of promoting a McDonald's game to test my SMS software is not lost on me but I need testers and its very hard to get people to try new things. So if you want to help me test new software AND text about the McDonald's game cards you #need, #want or #discuss please go ahead and give it a try.
So here is what you need to trade McDonald monopoly pieces using SMS.
- Text "Next2 name and location to 95495"
Next2 will return a text message to you confirming your account.
- Text "Next2 srad 3000"
Next2 will return a text message to you confirming the radius around your location within which you text messages will be share with other users. Want to make your circle larger of smaller just Text "Next2 srad" with the new number and Next2 will confirm the change.
Want to exchange your Monopoly Game pieces with other users.
- Text "Next2 addp want (or have or discuss) boardwalk (or other word or name of Monopoly piece) and up to 160 characters of text.
Next2 will confirm your message. Next2 will also match and exchange your text message with another user who's location is within your privacy circle and uses the proper word of phrase to match your text message. To match messages have and want match each other and #discuss matches with discuss. The word or phrase after have want or discuss must match exactly with the word or phrase you use after want have or discuss in your test messages.
Matched text messages will be sent to your mobile phone.
You will be able to text with other users by sending text "Next2 @ user" so you can text with other users without having to reveal your mobile phone number.
You can read complete details and instructions at the Next2.Us SMS page at right