How to: Tweet by SMS
FOUND yourself in a data blackspot so dark you cannot access the internet? It might be an issue Twitter would brand a ‘‘first-world problem’’ but it can be incredibly frustrating. Telstra mobile phone subscribers can overcome this issue using SMS messages, however, and after it is set up users can post tweets, read replies and even send direct messages over a basic phone connection. Potential users must first register their mobile phone with their Twitter account at twitter.com/ devices, selecting their country and entering their phone number. Users must then send an SMS with the word ‘‘start’’ to 01980 89488 to activate the service. After activation, any words users send to Telstra’s Twitter number will show up as a tweet on their Twitter profile. Twitter replies will also be sent directly to the user’s phone, and both types of messages are billed at normal SMS rates. Other Twitter actions are possible by using this service. Users can follow other tweeps with the command ‘‘follow’’ and the user’s Twitter name. Direct messages can be sent by adding ‘‘m’’ before the recipient’s Twitter tag, while replies are composed just as they are on Twitter. Twitter phone users can stop the phone messages at any time by texting ‘‘stop’’ to Telstra’s number. Telstra is the only Australian carrier to offer this service to date, though it is also available in several other nations.