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Liz’s rant: Do you ChaCha?

Let’s play a little word association game. I say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?

ChaCha.

So what did you come up with? Visions of the 40s and 50s? Cuba? Latin music? Something like this video below? (By the way, the intro commercial for men’s dancing shoes is worth the price of admission :-) )

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Now back to our word association. If the ChaCha made you think of this dance, you’d be correct… historically speaking, anyway.

While ChaCha could bring the dance to mind, this is 2010.

Let me introduce you to the new ChaCha – where information is as close as your cellphone. Think of it as a search engine for your computer, without having to be at your computer. Say you are at the store, wondering if the cantaloupes are ripe. Grab your cell phone, text your question to ChaCha (242-242) and wait for an answer to be texted back. Want to know what the population of Zimbabwe is? Do the ChaCha. Need a joke to impress your friends? ChaCha.

Here’s a quick look at a few of the questions recently answered on ChaCha’s website:

  • What is 20 percent of 29,450
  • Who invented the air tube delivering at banks
  • Who was the supreme court chief justice selected by president Nixon in 1969
  • How do you say “me my uncle and my aunt went to kentucky to pick up my cousin on friday” in spanish
  • Does Jennette McCurdy have a nice butt
  • What is the conductivity level of titanium
  • How much do leopard geckos cost
  • Where at in the bible does it say about worship with the sounds of string instruments, the high sounding cymbals and the high trumpet
  • What is the request line number for 95.7 jamz out of Birmingham
  • Would raven from teen titans win or Gwen Tennyson from Ben 10 alien force
  • What is the perfect “goodbye” present
  • How much are tickets to the “PBR Invitational”, in Fort Smith AR, on 04/17/10

As you can see, the questions are limited only to one’s imagination, or need for information. What’s really bizarre is that there are real people who make it their job to supply the answers. There are even category shortcuts, referred to as Thmbsvrs. By texting a key word like Phob, Dum, Doh, or NTB, or TW. you can learn about fake or real phobias, dumb laws, funny questions asked of the service, or get a brand name, or Twilight information.

According to my daughter and her friends, ChaCha has already become the go-to source for sports scores, music information and homework (not sure I like where that one’s going…).

I’d like to say I’ve known about ChaCha as long as they have. But that would be a big fat lie. In fact, I have to wonder if I’m the last person to know about this. To tell you the truth, as much as I’d like to pretend I’m up on all that is tech-savvy and information-driven, in this age of information, the younger generation seems to be well ahead of the curve, filling their minds to the point of overload with information, whether useful or otherwise.

But I feel confident in saying I still hold the edge. I remember when ChaCha was a dance. Heck, I even know how to do the ChaCha. I suspect my daughter and her friends would have to learn it by texting the other ChaCha.

-Liz

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