By Dave Parrack
O Captain! My Captain! Yahoo is almost done. Verizon has a bid on the table, the race is almost run. O Captain! My Captain! Yahoo has one more product to share. It’s a text-based personal assistant, which is surely very rare. Captain, Yahoo called it, but no one quite knows why. MakeUseOf has all the answers, so there’s no need to cry.
A Free, Text-Based Personal Assistant
Captain is a free, text-based personal assistant. It’s not an app and therefore doesn’t require you to download anything. Instead, you just text “Hi” to 773-786 (U.S.-only) to make contact. Once you have accepted the terms, Captain will help you get started. Captain is obviously nowhere near as powerful as Siri, Alexa, or Cortana, but that may actually be a good thing.
So what can Captain actually do? You can either use Captain alone, or add members to your group. You can then use Captain to create reminders for you or other group members, and create lists to be shared with other group members. All accomplished using nothing but SMS text messages. There’s scope to expand beyond this simple start too, but it’s good enough for now.
This may seem old school, but it has several advantages over using an app. For one, using an “old” technology means even people without smartphones can use Captain. And your kids will find it harder to ignore an incoming text message than a message on one of the countless apps they have installed on their phones. It’s also free apart from your standard text messaging rate.
Yahoo Is Actually Genius
This all begs the question, have we been misjudging Yahoo all these years? Probably not, no, but we think Captain is a fantastic idea nonetheless. What do you think of Captain? Or Yahoo Answers Now? Or even Yahoo in general? Please let us know in the comments below!