News & Views » Columns

Backslash

comment

Dodge this: It’s just what we needed — yet another hipster toy for your cell phone. If, like so many other poor souls, you suffer from a crippling addiction to text messaging, you’ll surely get a kick out of the new-ish service Dodgeball: www.dodgeball.com. It doesn’t have anything to do with flying red rubber kickballs; rather, this national service, available in 22 cities, is almost like a paging service to keep track of your friends.

The way it works: Sign up, and find your friends (or rope them into joining). Once you’ve added your buddies, send a text message to the service noting your whereabouts, and Dodgeball will in turn send a message to all your pals, letting them know where you are, including the address of whatever venue you might be occupying. The service has a list of Detroit venues, ranging from coffee shops to bars, and you can add your own.

You choose whom to add to your list, so you’re not exactly posting your cell number to all of the Internet. But, a fair warning: When you text your whereabouts, the service will notify anyone in a 10-block radius who is on your friends’ list — in other words, your friends’ friends. So, if your buddies have ugly friends, you might want to proceed with caution. Otherwise, it’s a fun little service, and yet another tool of distraction in the ever-growing arsenal of electronic communication.

Know of an interesting, bizarre or educational Web site you’d like to see featured here? E-mail it to backslash@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.