Productivity snack: text GOOGL for free 411

Let’s suppose that as you dash out of your office to do a round of meetings and errands, you neglect to pick up the paper with the address of one of your appointments. Trip wasted? Not necessarily.

Now you can just text GOOGL (46645) with the name of the business followed by CITY,STATE and immediately receive a reply text with the address and phone number of the business. Google’s text-able 411 system is free and NASCAR fast.

Another Google shortcut: to get help locating businesses in an unfamiliar city, text a type of business or company name followed by either the zip code or CITY,STATE — something like STARBUCKS 94010 or OFFICE SUPPLY SAN FRANCISCO,CA and easily find local help wherever you are.

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