Catholic Church in Scotland launches text alert service.
The Scottish Catholic Media Office today announced the launch of a mobile phone "Text Alerts" service. The service will allow text messages to be sent instantaneously to large numbers of subscribers. Welcoming the initiative, Director of the Catholic Media Office Peter Kearney said;
"Using text messaging allows the Catholic church to communicate quickly and effectively with its supporters and subscribers. It allows us to issue news alerts, run snap opinion polls and encourage the Catholic community to participate in polls and opinion surveys run by other media organisations. We will e-mail all our existing web subscribers this week encouraging them to sign up for the Text Alert service."
Mr Kearney added;
"The service is free to the subscriber to receive messages and it will act as an additional communications tool, complementing our existing e-mail alerts service (subscribe online at www.scmo.org). To access the "Text Alerts" service, users simply send the text message SCMO to the following number: 84880. Users can also subscribe online at www.scmo.org by clicking on 'Text Alerts'."
Commenting on the new service, Bishop Joseph Devine, President of the Church's National Communications Commission said;
"This is a tremendous development which shows the Church in Scotland engaging with the latest communications technology. As well as providing news and information these alerts can be used to remind people about key media events relating to the Catholic Church such as television interviews, newspaper articles and radio programmes. I urge Scotland's Catholic community to subscribe to this free and valuable service."
Edinburgh company Carbon Partners Ltd is to supply the mobile alerts platform.
Founding Director, Mr John Farmer commented;
"Over 1.7 billion text messages are sent in the UK each month. The popularity of text messaging offers tremendous opportunities for organisations to open direct and interactive communication channels."
John Farmer concluded;
"The Catholic Church in Scotland has recognized that text messages are the most effective way to deliver immediate information that its community would be keen to receive. We're delighted to work with them on such an innovative initiative."
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