No, not getting in touch with people with my phone but getting to know my smart-phone more intimately. My first mobile phone was a Motorola flip-phone, analog, no gizmos, cost 1000 bucks and when the LED’s started to fail 3 years later I was told it couldn’t be fixed so I tossed it. My nurse recently convinced me to get a Samsung Galaxy note3 and in spite of myself I have been loading it up with apps (including Twitter and Facebook) and links to various web-sites. Now I here about the Russians hacking all my passwords!
A few thoughts about the platforms I explored this week especially looking at their connectivity with my phone:
1. CrowdMap; a combination of Twitter and FourSquare lets more than one person work on a project together and gives a visual guide to each person’s location. Runs well on Chrome but I couldn’t get it to run on Safari.
2. Verboice: lots of fun, I like building things and I have been a long time user of voice recognition technology for medical charting. Felt a bit like I was making one of those annoying robo-calling things that you get every time an election is coming up. But I got it to phone me on schedule and having the info delivered in “Old English” (circa 1100-1500) was a hoot.
3.EZTexting: scary how fast the activation code appeared on my phone. A la Sun’s post earlier this week it seems that mass texting may be the most appropriate method to reach to 18-49 demographic; at least in this country. I can really see the utility of this application for the the personal and non-profit world. I will still likely cancel my personal Facebook account at the end of the course but will hang on to this one.
4. Rapid SMS: I thought this platform had the most utility for small non-profits. It is free, customizable for different facilities and campaigns and is well-supported. One timely application of the technology was featured on NPR this week as Liberian-Americans living in Atlanta used a similar service to connect with their family members in Liberia spreading CDC-backed information on how best to avoid or deal with the ebola outbreak. http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/06/338016781/liberians-in-america-help-dispel-ebola-myths-back-home
P.S. The exploration of SexInfoSf.org was disappointing. Although the text messaging feature works well the website required me to change my security setting to allow access; something I was not willing to do (the Russians may be listening!)