Building on the @ commands I talked about in a previous posting, I would like to introduce elggVoices #commands!

These commands offer a plugable framework for third parties to add channel specific information oriented commands.

To see this in action, text or post one of the following to a channel (assumes you have validated either a phone number or an email address previously).

  • #weather <location> – Receive the weather forecast for the location.
  • #stock <stock code> – Receive a stock quote.

I have found #weather very useful. Contact Curverider directly if you want to talk about adding your own commands!

Some of you who have been using elggVoices recently, may have noticed some rather odd looking shouts appearing in the channels.

Shouts beginning with “@” can be used to execute commands in a channel – especially useful when used remotely via SMS.

I thought it might be useful to give you a quick run down of the commands currently available. I say “currently”, since we are adding to this all the time.

SMS and Website

  • @status message: Updates your status on a channel.
  • @sleep on|off: Set your sleep status on and off, when @sleep is on you won’t receive SMS messages.
  • @location city: Updates your location.
  • @country country: Updates your country.

SMS only

  • @signup desired_username your_email: Send this to a channel’s SMS number and you will create a elggVoices account and automatically be signed up to the channel. Your password will be emailed to your email address.
  • @join: Send this to a channel’s SMS number will join the channel.

Just a few commands for now, but there will be more to come.