December 17, 2007
Text Message Revolution didn't happen
When several Filipino military officers last month attempted to overthrow the government by taking over a hotel in Manila's business district, Marguerite Reardon of ZDNet expected to witness firsthand the power of the Philippines' famed text-messaging brigades.
But she was wrong. No one showed up.
What happened? Had no one gotten the text messages? Were the two biggest telecom providers, Smart Communications and Globe, experiencing an SMS outage? Had the government blocked the messages from being delivered?
None of the above. The people leading the coup last month seemed to have made a big mistake: they did it during working hours. People were too busy and couldn't face the notorious Manila Traffic". In French we call this "un coup raté".
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