I just used Google to purchase Chinese food takeout for two

Yes, it has been done. Using my Google Chromium browser I searched Google Maps for the closest local Chinese restaurant. The small town venue doesn’t have a website or menu posted online.

So I used Google Web to search for the restaurant name. I found http://www.takeouttonight.com which had the entire menu and VALID prices for the restaurant hosted online! I choose ‘Sweet and Sour chicken’, my wife selected Beef and Broccoli Chicken and Broccoli.

I then logged into my Google Gmail account and clicked Call phone. Using the mouse I dialed the number I previously researched and after 3 rings an Asian speaking fellow answered the phone.

I said, “Hello, I’d like to place a delivery order.” His reply, “Ok.” resonated out of my 5.1 speaker setup.

I read off our selections and was super excited that it was WORKING! In my titillated state, I ended up ordering an extra side of egg rolls just to keep the conversation going.

He asked for my phone number to complete the order. I obliged by reading my Google phone number.

Google might be spamy these days, but it’s still useful.

Who would have thought a lazy hacker could combine six different Google services to order Chinese food without leaving the desk?

I know it’s possible now, I’ve seen me do it.

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2 thoughts on “I just used Google to purchase Chinese food takeout for two

  1. This made me realize that Google’s click to call functionality that I’ve seen in their search results from time to time should be, if it’s not, just be routed through your Google Voice account.
    They could even allow vendors to run real-time Groupon-like promotions to certain targeted users as part of their AdWords campaigns.

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