Sign Up for Coosa SMS Updates (via Twitter!)

by Chris Brightwell on July 27, 2009

Just in time for NOAC, I’ve worked with the Key 3 to set up a new tool for us to get information to our lodge membership as quickly and directly as possible:  We’ve started promoting Twitter via SMS within our lodge.

Most of the time, this service will be used to notify you of website updates, lodge news, event information updates, and other typical stuff that you would expect from the lodge.  During events, such as NOAC, we’ll try to update the Twitter feed with information on weather, breaking news, program updates, contingent meetings, and other relevant details.

For an example of what to expect, just check out our current Twitter feed.  We’ll be updating it a lot throughout NOAC, so be sure to bookmark that page.

If you have no idea clue what Twitter is about, and no interest in learning, the process is pretty simple:

  1. Send “follow coosalodge” as a text message to 40404.  Don’t include the quote marks and don’t put a space between “coosa” and “lodge.
  2. You’ll get a response, usually within seconds, asking for your name.  You can give it your real name, your online pseudonym, or a completely made up name.  I don’t care if you all use “Bob”, for example.
  3. Send the name to 40404 (as a text message) and you’ll get a confirmation message.

That’s it!  Now, whenever our Twitter feed is updated, you’ll get a message on your cell phone.  This will include website updates (which are automatically published to our Twitter feed and also to our new Fan Page on Facebook).  We promise that we’ll try to not flood your inbox with text messages.

If you decide that you don’t want to receive any more messages, simply text “STOP” or “QUIT” to 40404.  You should get a confirmation message (again, almost immediately), confirming that you’ve disabled SMS updates.

For more information on Twitter via SMS, check out the Twitter Phone FAQ.

If you don’t have a Twitter account (or don’t know what all the fuss is about), but want to learn more, just check out this article I wrote in May or an article entitled “What is Twitter?”.

If you already have a Twitter account, be sure to follow @coosalodge.  Once you’ve paired a mobile device to your account (via this URL), you can enable mobile device updates for @coosalodge.  Then, Twitter will send SMS updates to your phone any time we update the website or our feed.

Problems?  Questions?  Leave a comment or drop me an email.

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