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    By the Numbers: Pew Report Shows Texting’s Growth

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    A Pew report released last month shows that texting is one of the main functions that people perform on their cell phones, behind taking pictures (and actual phone calls). The data shows that 80% of cell phone users use their phones for text messaging. That’s a 22% increase over the data from 2007 – and…

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    View the Live Feed of City & State’s RealPolitech Event Now!

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    Today, City & State is hosting RealPolitch, a forum to discuss how technology is affecting government policy and news media in New York. According to the website, City & State’s #RealPolitech forum (a play on RealPolitik) will inform and encourage practical and material uses of technology in government, campaigns, media, and the industries that operate…

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    Lessons from RootsCamp: How Long-Term Mobile Engagement Can Set You Up for “Big-Bang” Wins

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    Sam McKelvie is the head of Mobile Strategy, dedicated to helping customers use text messaging to accomplish their goals. On Friday, November 30th, she and Mal McKay, Lead Developer, presented at RootsCamp 2012.  Coming out of this year’s election, RootsCamp was supercharged with activists and technologists gathered to share best practices in political organizing. More…

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    Happy 20th Birthday, Text Messaging!

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    Twenty years ago, on December 3rd, 1992, Neil Papworth sent the first ever text message. Papworth was an engineer working on a project for Vodafone, and used his computer to send the text to Vodafone Director Richard Jarvis. It read “Merry Christmas.” Text messaging actually was conceived in 1985, by a German communications researcher looking to…

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    Tips for a Great Holiday Campaign

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    Have you started planning your year-end campaign yet? A holiday campaign can be a great way to connect with people no matter what your goals – whether it’s to inspire some last minute giving, remind consumers of a compelling product, or offer a special opportunity. And it’s not too late to get started. Here are a few simple ways you…

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    Mobile Commons Nominated for a Mashable Innovation Award!

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    Mobile Commons has been nominated for a Mashable Innovation Award! Mashable today announced its “Innovation Index”, which “celebrates recent tech, digital and social innovations that have redefined your world.” The index is divided into 15 categories, including media, entertainment, gadgets, and social good. For each category, one expert curator has selected 5 nominees. Now it’s…

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    DoSomething.org Creates an Interactive SMS Game to Challenge Bullying

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    DoSomething.org has created a text message game to teach students about the consequences of bullying. “The Bully Text” is an interactive, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style SMS game meant to replicate a student’s first day at an average school. Participants are faced with different challenges—overhearing a student being called a slur, receiving a gossipy text, having to wait for…

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    Tech President on Occupy SMS: How Text Messaging Can Help in Disaster Relief

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    TechPresident has a great piece about the OccupySMS campaign, which uses text messaging to connect people in need after Hurricane Sandy with people who have the resources to help. The article discusses how, like many of the best ideas, Occupy SMS was built to fill a need: “It started with our actual experience in the…

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    Crain’s Features Mobile Commons on The Election and Sandy

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    Crain’s New York has a great feature on how Hurricane Sandy and the election gave Mobile Commons our biggest week ever. In an article entitled, “Text-messaging firm gets busy,” Crain’s describes how the concurrent events created a variety of vital public needs: The four-year-old Dumbo-based tech company, which runs text-messaging campaigns for businesses, nonprofits and…

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    Brooklyn Recovery Fund Turns a Nets Game into a Chance to Support Sandy Victims

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    The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is using a new text campaign to turn mobile donations into a mobilized community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The program is using text message donations from all over the country to support Brooklyn nonprofits that are working in the area to help those whose lives have been upended by…

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