Twitter Hasn't Forgotten About SMS Text Messaging

Did you know that originally the only way users could tweet was by sending a text message?  Twitter decided on 140 characters so that tweets could fit into a SMS message.  While most users engage Twitter on their computers or mobile phones, Twitter has not forgotten about the importance of text messaging and has added a few features to make Twitter even more useful with SMS. Fast Follow - Even if you haven’t signed up for Twitter, you can still receive tweets on your mobile phone.  This gives everyone a chance to get the information they are interested in.  For example, if you want to get tweets from the White House (@whitehouse), just text ‘follow whitehouse’ to 40404 in the US.

SMS Alerts – When you’re on the Twitter website, hover over a username or avatar and click the phone icon that appears.  By clicking this icon, you can sign up to receive an SMS message on your phone whever that user tweets.  You can also set these alerts from your mobile phone by texting ‘on[username]’ to 40404 in the US.  To turn these updates off, send Twitter a text message to 40404 that says ‘off[username]’.

Latest Tweets – If you want to get occasional updates from a Twitter user but not subscribe to their full timeline, text ‘Get [username]’ to 40404 and that user’s most recent tweet will be sent to your phone, even if you don’t follow them.

How many of you primarily use Twitter on your mobile phones? Have you subscribed to SMS updates?