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Taykt lets you create a text-in word, so that anyone who texts your word to 82958 will get your message straight back to them.

Great for putting on posters, or anyplace that someone might want to act on your word there and then.

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Taykt is a UK-only service at the moment.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Treasure Hunt

You can use Taykt to set up a nice automated Treasure Hunt (sometimes called a Scavenger Hunt). The idea is that teams are given clues and then have to go to particular locations and figure out the answer to get the next clue. That leads to another, and eventually to a goal.

By SMS the hunt is for words. If you were organising the competition, you'd give the teams the first word. Maybe it'd be "GO" and when they text GO to 82958 they'd get the first clue. Perhaps it'd be a cryptic clue that would lead the teams to a famous name on a plaque. So you'd set up the plaque name as a keyword too, and the message would be the next clue. The idea is each clue should lead to a word or number that the teams can text to 82958 to get the next clue. If you're cruel, you might even set up near-miss words with messages that taunt the teams if they text them in.

For the final text, set the message to be something that causes the teams to rush back to you. "Congratulations! You've solved all the puzzles. Now claim your prize: first team to find me back at base and show me this text is the winner. Run!"

As the organizer, you can sit back watching your Taykt.com dashboard, and the count incoming messages against each word will tell you how the treasure hunt is progressing.

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