Twitter from your cell

cellThe twittering has started in full force. It’s many things from micro blog to multi way chat and it’s a form of txting including 1 to 1 and 1 to many texting. Just like when tweeting from the website there’s many codes you can use when tweeting from your cell but first a little overview on setting up your cell.

You activate a cell or “device” in Twitter parlance in the settings tab at http://www.twitter.com/devices. This will then send a txt to your cell for you to reply to to verify yourself. You will get a four digit phone number to send your tweets to. Add this to your phone book.

The next thing I did was set it up so that your tweets got forwarded to my phone. You do this on a per person basis and the default is off so you’re not going to get spammed (to much) ๐Ÿ™‚ You do this in the list of of people you are following at http://www.twitter.com/username/Following. Click the little cell phone icon under the settings column for anyone you want to get spammed by ๐Ÿ˜‰

A quick word on what this all costs. Basically it’s free for any tweets you receive?! HOW?! How do they make enough money to pay for the millions (billions?) of tweets going out to cells?? How do they make ANY money?? As for the replies, they cost whatever your normal fee per text is. In my case I have 600 txts to use in a month! That’s a LOT of tweeting!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now onto the codes you’re most likey to use from your phone. The usual ones such as @reply, @mentions and RT work just the same from your cell but there are others that are useful too. Here’s the ones I use…

Start a new text with “d username” to send a message that only that person will see. If a person has set you up to receive your tweets to their cell this will act like a 1 to 1 txt.

Send “off” to the Twitter txt number and you will stop receiving any tweets to your phone but you will still get direct messages. This is very useful when you’re having a massive multi way conversation on Twitter at your computer so you don’t need your phone going nuts right beside you. Send “off” again and you will stop getting direct messages too.

The opposite also works of course. Send “on” once to start receiving direct messages again and send “on” again to start receiving all tweets (from those that you have activated).

So that’s about it. There’s more codes than that but these are the most common ones I use. Other tips include adding peoples user names into your predictive txt dictionary for quicker typing if them. Also remember that tweets can only be 140 characters long whereas txt’s are 160 characters long. My phone helpfully starts counting down the remaining characters once I hit 20 remaining characters so that helps me keep inside that limit.

Know anything else? See you in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Responses to “Twitter from your cell”

  1. phyzznick Says:

    Have to watch those smileys lol they seem to munt the text on this theme, must have a big border or something going on?!

  2. Weird???

  3. 2degrees has announced 9c txts! They are focusing on pre-pay so I might look at switching when I’ve used up my current balance. Will wait and see if the other two respond and match it, with any luck it will start a price war ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope they have no trouble sending/receiving from Vodafone & Telecom. For the amount of data that is being sent txts are way over priced! Apparently 9c for 160 characters of text works out at about $590 per megabyte.

    • Quick calculation:

      1048576(1Mb) รท 160(bytes max message size) = 6553.6

      6553.6 * 0.09(cents) = $589.82

  4. phyzznick Says:

    Yeah im already in the 2degrees Chinwag and got a text from them yesterday saying to expect my free simcard with $5 credit in next few days.

    Ill be making the switch for sure as I think both telecom (shit phones and service overall) and vodafone (rip off central) are both crap and a bunch of muther f**krs

    Im looking forward to 2degrees….
    My only worry is if they’ll have anything like telecom with the $10 for 500texts deal bascially (pay for the first 50txts in the month and get 450 more free for the month)
    If they dont and I get into this Twitter thing from the mobile I could blow $10 a month (even at 9c / txt) quite easily.

    At least its no contract so definitely worth a try ๐Ÿ™‚

    Problem is I dont have a simcard phone except my one from the UK which I may have to unlock (at a cost)

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