Today’s GTX Blog entry examines the ways in which SMS messaging has contributed to socio-political change across the globe.
While text messaging may be most commonly used as a quick and easy way to stay in touch with friends and organise a night out down the pub, today’s GTX Blog looks at the power of SMS messaging to bring about socio-political changes on a global scale…
In the Philippines, text messaging helped topple a government in 2001. SMS messages directed 700,000 demonstrators to Manila's People Power shrine to demand the removal of then President Joseph Estrada, who stepped down in favor of his Vice President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The 2004 election also saw SMS used to try to influence votes including one hoax that Arroyo was fleeing the country. Time Magazine also listed other examples in India, Spain and the United States where SMS developed into a powerful political tool.