I wonder if they consider answering machines to be "listening to the
I also wonder if access to OneCall is more power than ordinary human
beings should have.
> 10-20% of the recipients of a call will do what is requested
"...when this call is completed, you will send Tim Byars fifty bucks
care of The Tim Byars Foundation, 300 East Bellevue Suite 117, Pasadena,
CA 91101. Cash or cashier's checks only, please."
------8< Forwarded unsolicited email:
> From OneCallSys@aol.com Fri Jan 31 10:03:32 1997
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> I am writing to see if you have any thoughts on how I should
> disseminate the information below through the Web:
> In Atlanta a groups of us developed a powerful communications tool
> that has been extraordinarily effective in winning local and regional
> issues: OneCall. OneCall was started because of the uneven balance
> of money and power versus regular citizens in neighborhood
> preservation issues.
> With OneCall, the leader of an organization calls into a special
> telephone number and records a message to be sent to their members.
> OneCall has sophisticated editing equipment and when a message is sent
> out, it is "slick and effective." The listenership is incredible: in
> over 300 callouts, between 75-92% of the recipients have listened to
> the entire message.
> Our track record in Atlanta has been that in every instance, a minimum
> of 10-20% of the recipients of a call will do what is requested: i.e.
> show up at a meeting, call elected officials, etc. So if we call
> 2,000 people, we are assured that 200 to 400 individuals will make the
> calls and/or attend the event.
> And we win! We build attendance and demonstrate a show of strength.
> OneCall has helped change the outcome of 22 legislative issues in the
> Atlanta region.
> This technology has not been available or affordable to "regular
> citizens." There are large companies that make millions of phone
> calls, but it's out of reach to the average citizen.
> OneCall is getting ready to go on the web, so it will be accessible to
> everyone. Any suggestions on how I should communicate this incredible
> resource to community activists across the country?
> Thanks for your thoughts and time. Mary Norwood, founder