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Even though companies are making it easier to send someone a card to wish them a happy birthday or a random “hey you’re awesome”, greetgenie wants to make it easier for you by doing all of the work automatically.
The greetgenie service will make phone calls on your behalf for any occasion. It’s as creepy as it sounds.
By simply entering in an occasion along with the time and date you’d like greetgenie to call, your friend will get a call from a random number with background music and a voice reading your note that sounds kind of like Siri.
It’s either extremely lazy, or a better way to spend your time. It’s up to you to decide.
You have five wishes
When you sign up, greetgenie gives you five free phone calls to make. Once you’ve used up your free wishes, you can purchase up to 65 a year for just $9.99.
In all seriousness, it’s a cool parlor trick, but not something that should take the place of picking up a phone to wish someone warm regards for an event that has any meaning.
Simply choose the occasion, pick some background musak, and type in your message to be read by a robotic sounding voice.
If you choose to send your greegenie immediately, you can watch the process in real-time. The company uses dialing services from Twilio, so you’re given updates along the way. You’re told when the person answers the phone, and if your greeting has been delivered successfully or not. Unfortunately, you can only send wishes to those in the U.S. right now.
If you stick with the “it’s the thought that counts” line of thinking, then greetgenie is a perfect way to schedule personal greetings to people, especially if you’d forget about them anyway. Give your five free wishes a try, and tell us how your loved ones respond in the comments!
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