Telefio :: Group messaging – SMS

There is a very simple and easy to use group text messaging web site called Telefio that I think you can use for something. It’s free (at least for now) but still very useful. If you are a group leader, youth leader, marketer, advertiser, club leader, teacher, parent or just anybody who wants to notify a group of people fast, I think Telefio.com will be pretty useful for you. I know how useful it is for me because I can send a message out to 180 youth members in no time. It’s a lot better than trying to send it on my phone because I can send a message only to 10 people at a time.

Telefio also groups members into categories so you can send a message a certain group. Paid plans are not available at the moment but you will be allowed to send a message using any phone that can text. Pretty cool.

Members can reply to messages sent to them and those replies are grouped also.

You can sign up for a free account at telefio.com.

NashaSMS: Free Group SMS Messaging

Our church youth was pretty large and we couldn’t notify everybody about an event because calling 180 people is impossible and texting…you will run out of messages by the time you text everybody. So we created a small site, as a subdomain on our youth website (www.molodezh.com), that allowed us to notify all the members using SMS messages from the site. We used Google Voice for a while but then Google started limiting the amount of messages that could be sent out daily. So what did we do? We created www.nashasms.com and now there is no limit AND it’s also open to other youth groups and churches to use. And yes, it’s free, because we know that it’s expensive to send SMS messages so we made it free for you.

If you want to notify your youth group, worship group, or any other group, try nashasms (www.nashasms.com)…I’m telling you, it’s a great tool!

FeedStitch :: Combining multiple twitter feeds into one

Recently, some of our youth members left on missionary trips to countries like Russia and Ukraine to help with orphanages and churches around the Kamchatka area.  I’m sure many of you know what Twitter is.  The three groups that went use Twitter to communicate with us back in the US.

What I wanted to do is combine all three feeds into one and post it on our youth website, molodezh.com, but could not figure out how to do it until I finally found www.feedstitch.com.  Feedstitch.com is awesome! You can merge as many feeds from many services like Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, Github, and Tumblr into one feed.  So I combined all feeds into one using feedstitch and used Magpie RSS parser to parse the rss which was in a short, customizable URL.  It’s worth checking it out.