Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will use text messaging and cyberspace to announce his vice presidential pick.
The campaign announced the move on Obama's website, calling the initiative "Be The First To Know."
Web site viewers can sign up for either an e-mail or a text message. The campaign asks that people text "VP" to 62262 for the announcement, which should come sometime before the convention.
When you sign up for the e-mail on the website, a box appears at the bottom of the screen that appears to need checked. It reads "Yes, sign me up to receive periodic text updates and send me a text of who Barack's VP nominee is:" We did not check the box, and our request for an e-mail notification still went through.
You do have to enter an e-mail address, first name, last name and zip code. While it asks for a cell phone number, that is not required.
When you sign up for the text message, you receive a response that says: "Welcome to Obama Mobile. You will be one of the 1st notified when the VP candidate is selected. Text HELP for help. Std charges apply. Please forward."