Pope Alarm!

posted Mar 13, 2013, 8:02 AM by Joseph Schmidt
From the National Catholic Register:

Thousands Sign Up for Pope Election Text Message

Denver — More than 35,000 people have signed up for PopeAlarm.com, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) that sends out a free text and email alert when the next pope is elected.

“The reaction has been fantastic and overwhelming,” Kevin Cotter, Focus web director, told Catholic News Agency. “It’s been great to be at the forefront of Catholic new media and getting the word out there.”

Demand for the service has been high since its launch on Saturday, March 9. As of Monday morning, 35,000-plus people had registered for the service. The PopeAlarm.com website received 140,000-plus page views.

“It’s really exploded and caught on fire,” Cotter said. “There’s a lot of social-media traction.”