Sunday, April 03, 2005

Vatican Used SMS, Email to Announce Pope's Death: "

It took just minutes for the Vatican to alert the world's media of Pope John Paul's death -- using text messages and email to the 2,000-year-old Church could meet the new demands of real-time news, according to Reuters.

'Just a quarter of an hour after the Pope was pronounced dead on Saturday at 9:37 p.m. (8.37 p.m. British time), the Vatican sent journalists an SMS message alerting them to a pending statement.

Television networks across the globe were already on standby a minute later when the email communique was beamed to a sea of state-of-the-art handheld computers, purchased by journalists at the suggestion of the Vatican.

'The Holy father died this evening at 21:37 in his private apartment,' it said, in a simple Word document.


(Via Smart Mobs.)

Vatican Used SMS, Email to Announce Pope's Death


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