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Identifying Grafedia

The first step in viewing grafedia is to identify it. Though grafedia can be rendered in many ways and may be found in many different places, it can always be recognized by its blue text and matching blue underline, the signifier that differentiates grafedia from regular text. Single-word grafedia may be expressed as 'word@grafedia.net', while grafedia comprised of sentences or whole paragraphs may be accompanied by a 'user key' explaining how to interact with the text to get the linked content.

Viewing Grafedia

Once you've identified an instance of grafedia, you can retrieve the content that is linked to the text by sending a message from your wireless device (cell phone, palm pilot, etc) addressed to the underlined word plus '@grafedia.net'. So for example if you saw a grafedia message with the word flea underlined in blue, you would send a message from your wireless device to 'flea@grafedia.net' to receive the linked content. Do not send any attachments or add a subject line when clicking on a grafedia link! But type a short message, like 'hi' or 'a' in the body. Send this message to the word + @grafedia.net.

Can My Phone View Grafedia?

Yes, your phone can view grafedia if:
  • you have a phone that is capable of receiving and displaying picture messages
  • you have an account with either T-mobile, Verizon or Cingular. (Sprint and AT&T do not allow for receiving picture messages from outside the carrier network. Other carriers, including carriers outside the U.S. may or may not work - try it and find out, and report the results back to me for inclusion here.)
  • you have a phone plan that allows you to send and receive picture messages.
If your cell phone can't view grafedia , you can always view it via email, by following the steps outlined above on your computer.