Interesting discussion on CooperationCommons:
The average time it takes for someone to respond to an SMS text message would be an interesting indicator of cooperation speed for (SMS) smartmob networks.
From this: “SMS and mobile IM messages seem to hold a much stricter timetable [than instant messaging]. Almost all participants indicated a punctual 5-15 minutes response time at replying to messages they receive.”
Mark Elliott’s firm is providing advice and strategy to emergency services for enabling smart mobs to quickly spot forest fires using text messages.
Mark said: “It’s interesting to think about the network effects of cascading responses, each taking 5-15 minutes – which actually adds up to sizable delays. However this doesn’t take into consideration sending messages to groups, or even how many individual messages might be sent out after receiving one high priority”