hey guys here's that texting service i was talking about, here's the info- this would probably be useful for coordinating efforts even larger than our own! is anyone interested in helping follow up? this kind of thing really isnt up my alley and i have no idea how to help besides spreading the word!
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From: Dayna R <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:55 PM
We met yesterday I just wanted to follow up with you on Mobile Matters. Here's the website where you can read more about what they do: http://mobilematters.org/
I'm friendly with the people who run it, so I emailed asking about how much it would cost if OWS was interested in using the service and they said it would be free. Also:
Dayna, we can def help out. There won't be any costs involved, just time. We can get you started and strategize re: how to get people to opt in for alerts, etc., and ultimately its best for someone who's computer savvy to train on the platform and learn how to send out alerts from the MobileMatters platform. Andrew or myself will be in touch soon with more details. Glad you reached out. We are happy to help.
Andrew did follow up with more details (I'm not sure what FB group he's referring to, so don't worry about that):
I would like to set up a text alert system for everyone in the fB group, to serve as another way to keep everyone informed, and to alert members in real-time.
Text messages have a near-100% "open/read rate". When you get a text, you see it, and read it. That is a huge differentiator between Facebook posts, "tweets", etc.
Let's jump on a call to discuss. I can set up the text campaign very easily (e.g. "text OCCUPY to 55678"). From there, you/others. can send out text alerts at any time. I'll set up a username/password for you guys at MobileMatters.org and you'll be good to go.
Lastly, we have a fB app that allows folks to sign up for text alerts right from the fB page. Real cool.
I think it would be a great way for things like directing marches, letting people know when certain big events and meetings are happening, etc. It can even be used as an emergency call for reinforcements since we should be able to break it out into sub-accounts depending on alert type.
What do you think?
Hope to see you soon,