Mobile for Advocacy & Social Organizing
From California Technology Feestival Wiki
- Why Mobile? Always on, everywhere. As of June, 91% of US Adults carry a cell phone.
- 2/3 of which are smart phones, 1/3 of which are 'dumb' phones
- Phone communication can be broken down into Voice, Text, and Data (Apps and Web)
- Voice and text are available on even the most basic phone, the primary limitations lie in the service plan of the end-user, and whether or not they have a limited amount of, or opted out of entirely, sending and receiving calls and/or text messages
- Traditional phone communication, person-to-person conversation
Things to consider:
- network coverage (if signal is weak the call quality will suffer or the call will drop altogether),
- if outside of network coverage the call will not be received, service (i.e 'minutes', 'roaming') charges and distance,
- calls are live (no record of call unless it was recorded, or notes were taken) and can be easily missed,
- calls must be scheduled to when both people are available at the same time,
- only capable of one-to-one/party calls, but very resource intensive.
- More personal, and allows for natural feedback and tone.
Text - Short Message Service (SMS)
Things to consider:
- Must be opt-in and provide obvious way to opt-out at any time,
- limited to 160 characters (though if more is required, it can be broken into multiple messages [i.e. include 'Message 1/2'], but this should only be used if absolutely necessary),
- in the US, people are charged to both send and receive messages (but not the rest of the world),
- different carriers may have policies regarding international texting
- people will always read a text message when received (Don't abuse it! Make it as concise and beneficial to their interests as possible),
- "Store-and-forward" (if a person is out of coverage, the message will be received as soon as it is possible),
- Does not require strong or consistent cellphone coverage,
- both people will have a record,
- highly scalable,
- allows one-to-many communication of important information,
- can be automated to auto-reply,
- use key words to collect or provide information,
- create user groups, and
- more advance web-interaction.
- Many tools are available that do essentially the same thing with varying costs, scalability, requirements, setup, and maintenance
- can use basic phone (and it's cell service) and laptop (no internet required) to send and receive messages and can be set up to automate services using keywords.
- Frontline SMS for Android
- The same service ported to be Android-native, meaning all that is required is a phone running Android and cell service (However, this project is out of development and may develop bugs, but in experience it was fairly reliable)
- Web and Mobile-web based, it can be set up on a computer (with internet) and run from a phone with both cellular coverage and a
- Jordan used an automated service to record and map event attendance as a way to demonstrate,
- also used at demonstration to measure commitment of attendees to easily include in future news and updates