How to: Tweet by SMS

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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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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