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C. SMS Gateways

Appendix C. SMS Gateways

Email is a great way to monitor your webbots, as you learned in Chapter 15. An alternative to email messages is Short Message Service (SMS), or text messages. For a webbot developer, text messages have three major advantages over email:

  • Text messages are limited to 160 characters and force the sender to be succinct. Due to their brevity, text messages are more apt to be read than email messages.

  • People typically receive fewer text messages than emails, so text messages are more likely to stand out as being important.

  • Text messages may be read from simple cell phones. In contrast, email messages require more sophisticated phones, computers, or tablets.


  

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