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Sometimes answers to your question can happen many minutes, hours, or even days after you asked the question. In the case of days, the e-mail notifications are certainly enough (and just noticing the site), but many of my questions end up not having answers for a good 20-30 minutes.

I'd like to be notified of new answers by SMS (text message), the moment the answer is posted. I always have my cellphone with me, and I already use it for PUSH type notifications from other things (including emails, with auto-forwarding to my cell number I would just use the auto-forwarding trick with SO too, except that it doesn't offer the option to send an email with each answer, the moment the answer is posted.

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You kinda just did suggest that. – Brad Gilbert Jul 29 '09 at 20:06
For those keeping score at home, I believe we've now had requests for notification via: SMS, email, Twitter, Facebook, a friends system a la LinkedIn, smoke signal, sky-writing, carrier pigeon, and note tied around a brick and thrown through your window. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 29 '09 at 20:11
I removed the bottom sentence. Didn't realize meta stack overflow was actually the place to suggest stuff, until it required the feature-request tag. @Pesto I couldn't find anything about SMS or related terms when I searched, but perhaps I missed, would you like to cite a link to a duplicate request? – Ricket Jul 29 '09 at 20:13
@Pesto: So that's where that brick came from...didn't realize I was part of the beta test. A little heads-up next time would be nice. – Eric Jul 29 '09 at 20:14
@Eric: Heads up? It would probably be more prudent to duck. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 29 '09 at 20:16
++ @Pesto, very funny – redsquare Jul 29 '09 at 21:10
rofl :) – fretje Jul 29 '09 at 21:25
Any notification should also include notifications about new comments, so the question asker can quickly respond to those. (And sending that many SMS messages, worldwide, will be costly.) – Arjan Sep 1 '12 at 6:37
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Sorry to interrupt the brick throwing puns but here's a serious answer to the question...

Sign up there, add your phone as a SMS destination, and then at the bottom right corner of any question is the RSS logo and "question feed"; copy that and paste it into as a source. Then go to the account tab, sources list and enable SMS for each question feed.

SMS doesn't seem like a hard thing to implement. It's an email address. But perhaps it would be too many emails to send out, I don't know. How do other really popular sites manage it? I suppose it's a cost that wouldn't be justified, it wouldn't make SO any extra money so why implement it. Oh well, hopefully will do its job...

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But I can't find a feed to subscribe to answers – Casebash Sep 23 '09 at 9:04
So we have to subscribe to individual question feeds? – Casebash Sep 23 '09 at 9:14

This is a good suggestion, but I do not believe the SO team would implement that feature any time soon. This site is kept pretty simple and to the point. Maybe in the future, but I do not see that as a priority.

Personaly, I would probaly not use sms notifications due to costs/annoyance, but I know some people could find that useful.

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