Back in the day, Twitter was focused on SMS exchanges. Today, the company realizes that most of us still rely heavily on this type of communication and they’re making it even easier for you to keep up with what’s going on in the world. The new Fast Follow feature allows people from the US to receive Twitter updates via text message – even if they aren’t signed up for the service.
Let’s say you’re not signed up with your own Twitter account, but you still would like to receive updates on your phone from CNN. You would simply need to text follow CNN to 40404 if you live in the United States. As of today’s date, this feature is only available in the US, but the team behind the cute blue bird is working hard to widen the reach of this project to other countries.
It’s also pretty simple to set up and manage your SMS Twitter alerts. If there’s someone whom you feel you cannot live without seeing their tweets instantly, you can choose to receive them on your phone. When you see one of their tweets, hover your mouse over their name OR avatar. From the drop-down list, click on the little phone icon. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you’re set up to receive text messages from the site.
Alternatively, you can turn SMS updates on or off for a user by texting on usernamehere or off usernamehere to Twitter. Be sure to text your request to the number for YOUR country.
It’s also fairly simple to get the latest tweets from your favorite friend or celebrity from your phone, as well. If you text Get usernamehere to Twitter, that user’s most recent tweet will be sent to your phone – even if you don’t follow them! This is just one more of the many fun commands you can use on Twitter from your phone.