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VAKOW is not international; good it is social !!

Written by: Vivek Garg

On Jan 8th, 2008

I wrote about VAKOW earlier and how much I liked their interface; but I could never use it to forward these awesome jokes to my friends in India. This new year I wanted to wish family/friends in India through SMS. I wanted to do the same thing around Diwali. Every time I want to do so, VAKOW comes to mind but being in USA I cannot register on their site. So far you can only register on VAKOW if you have a (+91) number. RG, one of the founder tells me that it is on horizon. Here is why they haven’t done it so far

“mostly because of higher pricing and seemingly less demand in certain geographies/economies. We believe that SMS Forwarding is a very developing economies phenomenon where other means of entertainment are few”

I can understand the high price concern, but I am not sure SMS forwarding being only in developing economies. I do know people out here in USA who are constantly texting. Maybe not as much as being in India, but VAKOW can bridge that gap for the Indians residing outside.

Good news is they are going social. They have Orkut integration where one can forward SMS to their friends scrapbook. Not exactly SMS to SMS but this is SMS to social networking. And it seems to work. Yesterday, VAKOW took this social integration one step further. They have launched VAKOWAPP. VAKOW’s facebook application that I can use to forward SMS to my friends in my network.

RG tells me that this should solve half of my problem before they launch international registration. And he is right. I am loving this integration.



I would like to think of this as their second step

1. First step was to launch a great interface around a simple idea (SMS-> SMS)

2. Second step is to provide SMS -> social networks (Orkut/Facebook/Opensocial)

3. What is third? May be this is the time they should start thinking of mobile advertisements? What do you think are different ways of making money around VAKOW?

Let VAKOW know what you think of their facebook app !!

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Vakow – it is all about execution !!

Written by: Vivek Garg

On Nov 2nd, 2007

I cannot stress the title enough. I wrote about SMS forwarding back in January. Here is an excerpt from the post “sms backup and storage“.

– Service should be dirt cheap, almost free. This needs innovation at multiple levels.
 – Service should be transparent to the end user. Something like automatic backup at the gateway. Just like an email server.
 – once stored, these messages should be easily browsable, searchable, taggable and shareable (fwd, download etc). “

And this is what Vakow has accomplished !!! Except the point on transparent backup which I am so glad they did not do to begin with. What I like most about the execution is “it’s so simple”.  If I was to go and execute on my thoughts I dont think I could have done a better start. I was thinking too complex a system. This is way up there. Kudos to RG and Amitu for pulling this off so well.

 It is still to be seen how they make money of the site. I dont know what these guys are thinking on business side but on execution side they have a great kick start. Site is doing really well as far as I could tell. Its lot of fun to spend time in shuffling though little pieces of text. Specially for someone like me; Being in US I don’t enjoy the universe of Indian texting.

Here is one joke I just read from the site:

How to catch a squirrel?

Climb up a tree & just be urself..Squirrels will come to u on their own..They just love nuts !!

While I was copy pasting this joke, I wished there was a Vakow widget for jokes. They can do all sort of stuff that applies to any social platform or micro-blogging platform like twitter or chittr. But can they remain simple ??

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