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    WNYC Wins Online Journalism Award for Crowdsourced Snow Map Using Mobile Commons Platform


    We’re thrilled that WNYC Radio picked up a prestigious prize for breaking news at this year’s Online Journalism Awards last night. WNYC collaborated with Mobile Commons to report on the massive snowstorm that hit New York City late last year. When the government was saying the snow cleanup was going fine, WNYC listeners told the…

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    Mobile Commons Launches Integration with Twilio Connect


    New Mobile Commons Features Will Pull User Data Directly from Twilio Apps. This Functionality Will Let Organizations Run All Their Mobile Communications from One Web Dashboard NEW YORK, September 21, 2011: Mobile Commons today announced a new integration with cloud telephony platform Twilio. The integration will give marketers the power to pull user data straight…

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    San Francisco Chronicle Features SFPark


    Parking.  It’s one of those little hassles that make city life so… exciting.  But the San Francisco MTA has teamed up with Mobile Commons to make finding a parking space as easy as owning a cell phone. It’s called SFPark. Using our mData information functionality, SFPark can quickly and easily find free spaces near you. …

  • do_something_logo Delivers Our Thanks to Emergency Service Workers


    On the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks,we remember with gratitude the emergency workers who risked their lives that day – and who continue to risk their lives to keep us safe. To honor them, has partnered with Mobile Commons to create Decade of Thanks, an online interactive collection of thankful messages. Users can…

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    Direct Message Makes It Easy To Text Individual Subscribers


    Back in ancient times, before there was text messaging, organizations had trouble making their outreach both broad enough to reach a wide audience and personal enough to be relevant to any single recipient. But the dawn of the age of texting dissolved that contradiction. Text messaging lets you get the right information to the right person at…

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    Brad Paisley and Water=Hope Fight for Clean Water Worldwide


    One out of seven people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. That’s why country star Brad Paisley brought the Water=Hope campaign with him on tour this summer. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the world’s water problems, and to recruit volunteers and donations for the cause. On Paisley’s H20 II tour, the Water=Hope…

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    NYC Severe Weather Map featured on

    | just featured the Severe Weather Map that Mobile Commons created with the New York Office of Emergency Management and Ushahidi. They write: New York City launched a crowdsourced project Sunday that allows residents to plot damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on a Google map. Though the storm’s toll was less severe than expected, more…


    MSNBC Reports: Mobile technology used as a safety tool


    Earlier today, Mobile Commons CEO Jed Alpert gave an interview on MSNBC to talk about what we’ve done to both help New Yorkers prepare for and recover from Irene. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Click here for more on how we are using technology to keep our communities…

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    Text IRENE to 877877 to report hurricane damages


    While preparing our own homes for hurricane Irene, Mobile Commons is also working to keep other New Yorkers safe. On Friday, we developed a mobile database to help residents find out if they were in a flood zone or not. By texting ZONE to 30644, residents could learn if they were  in a flood zone…

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    How intense was the quake in your area? Find out!


    On Tuesday things got a little shaky at the Mobile Commons office. This week’s earthquake was felt along much of the East Coast and caused mild alarm in areas not used to seismic shifts. Our building was equally as guilty of forcing everyone to evacuate onto the streets of Brooklyn – a move that flies…

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