I’m pleased to announce that we’ve completed the transition to a new text messaging provider and text messaging is back online. If you added your phone number but never received your confirmation code, you can expect to receive a message from Nation of Neighbors shortly. I’m also pleased to announce that we will soon add the capability to file reports via text message as well!
I’m pleased to announce that Nation of Neighbors Neighborhood Watch signs are now available for purchase directly through our website: http://www.nationofneighbors.com/neighborhood-watch-signs
Neighborhood Watch signs serve two important functions: They let scam artists, crooks and solicitors know that they’re being watched and that they’ll likely be reported. More importantly, they serve as a constant reminder to community members to be vigilant and to report suspicious activity.
Our Neighborhood Watch signs are a little different. We think that’s a good thing – they get attention. They illustrate the relationship between vigilant community members and police and prominently feature the Nation of Neighbors online reporting address. Of course, our signs also come with a free real-time community alert system!
Our signs are high quality screenprinted on 0.08 Aluminum with 3M High Intensity Prismatic backing. Signs are predrilled, include mounting hardware (please specify your post type when ordering) and are pretreated with a wax coating to facilitate easier removal of graffiti. Printed locally in Charles Town, WV.
Prices are $20 (6″x12″), $40 (12″x18″) and $55 (18″x24″). Supporting members receive a 10% discount on each sign, regardless of quantity. If you need for than 10 signs, please contact us for an additional discount.
Signs can be customized with your community or agency name for a minimal additional charge ($5 per sign). Please contact us for details.
We’ve learned that our text messaging provider, Clickatell, is experiencing outages delivering text messages to mobile networks in the United States. We first learned about this problem several days ago. Unfortunately, I wasn’t clear that it was adversely affecting us until earlier today.
Some of our customers have been experiencing difficulty sending and receiving messages in the US, which we have investigated further. We have strict guidelines regarding use of our messaging service, that is consistent with MMA guidelines. Unfortunately a customer violated these guidelines; thus creating a cascading series of events which resulted in a connectivity disruption. We are working diligently to restore service to our US customers. Again we are aware of the difficulty that this incident has caused many of our customers. We apologize and look to restoring our quality service as quickly as we can.
Unfortunately, this means that we are not currently able to send text messages. Rather than wait to see if this problem is resolved, we’re actively looking for a new provider and hope to have text messaging restored quickly.
Please note that this has no effect on email alerts.
We received our rejection notice from the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge yesterday. The good news, if there is any here, is that we were in good company. Some of my favorite proposals (other than ours, of course!) received rejection letters as well. I spent a few hours pondering whether or not we should have promoted NoN as an iPhone application, Drupal module or some other trendy technology meme. However, we submitted a good, solid proposal and gave it our best. We will continue to follow the plan outlined in our proposal. To everyone who took the time to help with the proposal, provided feedback and voted for us on the Knight Foundation site – you’ll never know how much I truly appreciate your support.
I also received a rejection notice regarding my speaking proposal for the Gov 2.0 Expo yesterday. Honestly, I submitted the proposal so long ago that I’d all but forgotten about it. I had hoped to speak about the unique challenges presented in promoting government / citizen interaction in rural America. Most of the speakers / projects are typically from major metropolitan areas. To be fair, they need speakers with name recognition to sell tickets. I’ll try again next year.
Then there’s the minor issue of me wasting 15 minutes of my time and not saving 15% on car insurance… But now I’m just complaining.