Today, Twitter has announced that it added a few new features to make Twitter even more useful. Unfortunately, these new features are only available in the US and worldwide users will either have to wait for such functionality to arrive their countries (doubt it) or just drool on the fact that we won’t have it :). Anyway, here is an excerpt or the news:
We’ve always been big fans of trusty SMS messaging. In fact, sending a text was originally the only way users could tweet. This is why Tweets are 140 characters — they need to fit into a text message.
We value SMS because it’s simple, instant and universal. Recently, we’ve added a few new features to make Twitter even more useful with SMS.
Fast Follow. Anyone in the US can receive Tweets on their phone even if they haven’t signed up for Twitter. This is a simple way for people to get information they care about in real-time. For example, let’s say you want to get Tweets from New York City’s office of emergency management (@NotifyNYC). Just text ‘follow NotifyNYC’ to 40404 in the US.
Try it out the next time you see a Twitter @username at a restaurant or store, on a billboard or on TV, or if you hear one mentioned on the radio. If you want to appear in a user’s followers list or start to get followers, you’ll need to create a Twitter account. You can SMS by texting ‘signup’ to Twitter.
As Twitter mentioned, Fast Following without creating an account is currently available only in the US, but they are working on it to bring it to other countries.
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