Posts tagged with ‘sms’

BBC using WhatsApp and WeChat to Engage Indians, Push News During Elections →

Via Journalism.co.uk:

The BBC is using private mobile messaging apps to engage with their audience in India around this year’s presidential elections, the first phase of which begins on Monday.

Starting today, BBC News India is sending updates to users of WeChat and WhatsApp to distribute BBC content, engage with the audience and source user-generated content (UGC).

"A lot of these apps have huge, huge audiences," Trushar Barot, assistant editor of the BBC’s UGC and social media hub, told Journalism.co.uk, "so the potential is definitely there as we figure out an editorial product that fits with the platform."

Figures from February estimate the number of global WhatsApp users at 450 million, while WeChat claimed a total 355 million users worldwide in March.

The first messages from BBC News India included stories in Hindi and English, an introduction to users as to how the app process would work and an invitation to share “thoughts, comments and experiences of the campaign as well as their pictures and videos”.

WhatsApp users will receive three messages per day as push notifications, while the capability is limited to one message per day on WeChat

Super clever.

Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.

Via Vice:

That’s a text message that thousands of Ukrainian protesters spontaneously received on their cell phones today, as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect. It was the regime’s police force, sending protesters the perfectly dystopian text message to accompany the newly minted, perfectly dystopian legislation.

Via The New York Times:

The government’s opponents said three recent actions had been intended to incite the more radical protesters and sow doubt in the minds of moderates: the passing of laws last week circumscribing the right of public assembly, the blocking of a protest march past the Parliament building on Sunday and the sending of cellphone messages on Tuesday to people standing in the vicinity of the fighting that said, “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.”…

…The phrasing of the message, about participating in a “mass disturbance,” echoed language in a new law making it a crime to participate in a protest deemed violent. The law took effect on Tuesday. And protesters were concerned that the government seemed to be using cutting-edge technology from the advertising industry to pinpoint people for political profiling.

The Text Message Turns 20
Computerworld: How the SMS got its start in a Danish pizzeria.
Forrester: More than 2 trillion SMS messages were sent in the US in 2011, or 6 billion SMS messages per day.
Pew Internet: The average US teen sends 60 text messages a day.
Falkvinge: How it costs more to send an SMS to someone next door than the equivalent data information from Mars to Earth.
Ryan Kearney: Why it would cost $35 million to send a 4.6 gig HD video through AT&T via SMS (while roaming).

The Text Message Turns 20

Computerworld: How the SMS got its start in a Danish pizzeria.

Forrester: More than 2 trillion SMS messages were sent in the US in 2011, or 6 billion SMS messages per day.

Pew Internet: The average US teen sends 60 text messages a day.

Falkvinge: How it costs more to send an SMS to someone next door than the equivalent data information from Mars to Earth.

Ryan Kearney: Why it would cost $35 million to send a 4.6 gig HD video through AT&T via SMS (while roaming).

If you’re an 18-29 year old black or hispanic woman with some high school education, and living in a household that makes under $30 thousand a year, you’re most likely a texting machine. (Select image to embiggen.)
The Pew Internet and American Life Project study on Americans and Text Messages finds young adults in general have mighty thumbs:

18-24 year olds send or receive an average of 109.5 text messages per day—that works out to more than 3,200 messages per month. The median 18-24 year old texter sends or receives 50 texts per day (or around 1,500 messages per month).
One quarter of 18-24 year old text messaging users (23%) report sending or receiving more than 100 texts per day.
Just over one in ten (12%) say that they send or receive more than 200 messages on an average day—that equals 6,000 or more messages per month.

Image: Pew Internet and American Life Study via Flowing Data.

If you’re an 18-29 year old black or hispanic woman with some high school education, and living in a household that makes under $30 thousand a year, you’re most likely a texting machine. (Select image to embiggen.)

The Pew Internet and American Life Project study on Americans and Text Messages finds young adults in general have mighty thumbs:

  • 18-24 year olds send or receive an average of 109.5 text messages per day—that works out to more than 3,200 messages per month. The median 18-24 year old texter sends or receives 50 texts per day (or around 1,500 messages per month).
  • One quarter of 18-24 year old text messaging users (23%) report sending or receiving more than 100 texts per day.
  • Just over one in ten (12%) say that they send or receive more than 200 messages on an average day—that equals 6,000 or more messages per month.

Image: Pew Internet and American Life Study via Flowing Data.

Under the emergency powers provisions of the Telecoms Act, the Egyptian authorities can instruct the mobile networks of Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to the people of Egypt. They have used this since the start of the protests. These messages are not scripted by any of the mobile network operators and we do not have the ability to respond to the authorities on their content.

Vodafone Group has protested to the authorities that the current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable. We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator.

Statement by Vodaphone confirming that Egypt forced the company to send pro-Government SMS messages.