US Mobile Activism Coming to Life

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Jan 11, 2007

In today's New York Times there is a full-page ad for Amnesty's Close Guantanamo campaign -- complete with a short code for a text-in campaign. Text believe to '30644; to opt in to the Amnesty campaign. This is the frst time that a major campaign is using a text component in their work  here in the US. Of course, it's par for the course elsewhere in the world, but organizations have been cuatious here for fear of annoying supporters, and unsure of the ROI of the investment.


Broadband Use and Adoption in America

Posted by PrabhasPokharel on Mar 09, 2010
Broadband Use and Adoption in America data sheet 2195 Views
John B. Horrigan
Publication Date: 
Feb 2010
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

The FCC conducted a survey of 5,005 Americans in October and November 2009 in an effort to understand the state of broadband adoption and use, as well as barriers facing those who do not have broadband at home. Pages 21-23 contain data about mobile usage.

The report indicates that 86 percent of American adults own a cell phone, and 30% use their devices to access the mobile web. In contrast, 66% have sent or received text messages. The numbers are higher for minorities; 36% of African-American and Hispanic users use their devices to access the mobile web. There is also a generational gap; 48% of those 19-29 access the mobile web, compared to only 5% of those over 65.

Setting up a SMS-Blog in South Africa: Hectic

Posted by PrabhasPokharel on Sep 16, 2009

South Africans use the word hectic to mean anything from cool, crazy, fun, to stressful. I mean hectic as the last sense of the word when I describe my efforts to accomplish a fairly simple goal in South Africa: set up a blog that I could update via SMS for a quick demo.

In the US

If I had tried to do this in the US, I would have had a myriad of possibilities, some good, and some bad. I will go through these possibilities to show the scope of what could be available in many countries, but isn't.