Taxis on Twitter?

So I was thinking that Twitter seems like the perfect interface for talking to taxi companies – A quick search didn’t reveal any obvious links for how to twitter a taxi, but think about it – if, let’s say, Yellow Cabs had a twitter account, a DM or a reply with your location & name would be easy for you, and easy for the taxi co to follow and then dispatch a cab. The company, when dispatching the cab, could DM or @ reply to you as well, perhaps with the cab # – tie this into their dispatch interface, and this would happen automatically, saving time and possibly money for the company – customers twittering their requests wouldn’t be tying up phone lines for other people, and the only extra work for the dispatch would be to watch a twitter feed. If people were simply sending co-ordinates from GPS-enabled items, this entire process could be automated, so that cabs within a certain vicinity were simply automatically notified, bypassing a central dispatch all together.

Liam’s Story: The Big Little Tiny Old Woman & the Whale

This isn’t turning into a daddyblog, I promise! That being said, I do want to share with you all a story that Liam told to me last night:

Once upon a time there a big little old tiny woman. She went outside to play with her sand toys but there was lots of snow and she couldn’t see the sand and she had to shovel the snow. There was a whale in the snow. The whale ate the big little old tiny woman. The end.

Given how many of these stories I get from Liam, I’m guessing parents of other toddlers hear them too. It might make for a fun interactive-internet project: parents post stories that their young ones tell to them (as text or audio or video). Illustrators/designers/photographers take those stories and illustrate them. No idea how it would work, but that seems like the sort of thing the internet is great for. Anyone know if such a thing exists? Or want to collaborate on building such a site?

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