UPDATE: Next2.us is now at STANDARD TEXT MESSAGE rates in Kenya. This means it is no ore expensive to send a text message using Next 2's Kenya short code then to text your family of friend(s)
Send a text message to help your friends and neighbors
Take a moment and send a text message that may make a difference in someone's life.
Send the following text message to Kenya short code 5557
(Ksh 1 send, ksh 0 to receive)
reg name Nairobi Kenya
Substitute your name (or a name you want to use)
reg brip Nairobi Kenya
This tells the service to start your account with the name and location you provide. You can always change your location, add content, match messages with other users by text messaging and use all of Next 2 great features without revealing your mobile phone number.
Do not forget to start your text message with the SMS command reg
I, as well as the millions of people in Kenya that have a mobile phone but do not connect to the Interent, could use your help. It will only take a minute of your time but it may a difference to your fellow Kenyans who have never used social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
You see, the company I built, Next 2, connects people together around place and topics of interest using only simple SMS text messaging. It allows people to discover, connect, share and act with people that are near them so they can find local solutions to local problems.
Next 2 is very simple to use. But, before we release Next 2 in Kenya we really need your help testing the software. We are asking you to please take a moment out of your busy day and send a text message.
Text - reg name Nairobi Kenya - to 5557
Replace <name> with any word or name you want. The name acts like an account name when using Next 2. Choose a short name (must be at least 4 characters in length ) so it is easy for others to remember and type.
That is it!
To start; just register a name with the Next 2 SMS service so we can text you the next step.
There is a KSH 1 cost to send a text message. There is NO FEE to receive text messages using Next 2. You can unregister your mobile phone at anytime by texting - unreg - to 5557.
Once you register your mobile phone you will receive a reply that confirms your account name and password that works at http://m.next2.us
When we have enough people registered we will send you a text message on your mobile phone asking your to send another text message to 5557. We will ask you to either text;
- addp want tea (+ message) or
- addp have tea (+ message)
When we have enough messages we will run a process that will match the messages based on location and topics and exchange them. If you message matches with another user it will be exchanged with that user. Your privacy is protected. Your mobile number is private. Only your Next 2 name is exchanged with other users. And, you can choose to communicate with other users using a Next 2 name.
So register a name you may want to use that is easy to remember and type.
We want to thank you for helping us test Next 2 SMS-powered, place-based, topic-driven social network in Kenya.
We are working on reducing our SMS rates to standard text messaging rates in the near future,