Update Twitter status using SMS in India via Airtel

As twitter collaborate with Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile operator in India in October. Now Indian twitter users can directly send tweets from their mobile using SMS at standard rates and receive tweets for free. SMS will be chargeable according to Airtel regular charge. Airtel is offering people in every city, every village to connect to Twitter and enjoy the open exchange of information with no added fees. If you want to start just sms using your Airtel phone by sending START to 53000.

To stop getting Twitter updates on your mobile phone, just send OFF, STOP, or QUIT command from your mobile phone to 53000 or use “ON” to start again.

If you have another connection than Airtel, don’t worry about that because the Twitter-Airtel deal is not exclusive and will probably end after a month. Here’s the official word:

Twitter will be available in India on SMS only on the Airtel network. There is exclusivity for the same for 4 weeks, in which only Airtel consumers will be able to use the service on SMS across the nation. This period of exclusivity is something that we want to take advantage of and make sure that Brand Airtel can own the property Twitter in consumer mind space.

Here’s an official list of all Twitter text commands that you can send from a mobile phone to interact with your Twitter stream.

Turning Twitter off and on: device notifications

  • ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
  • OFF, STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe: turns ALL phone notifications off.
  • ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON manoj.
  • OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF gaurav.
  • FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: follow manoj.
  • LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop following a specific user, as well as stop receiving SMS notifications. Example: leave raju.

There’s more to Twitter than OFF and ON! Use the commands below to send private messages, mark updates as favorites, or even remind someone to update their Twitter page if you’re wondering what they’re doing!

  1. @username + message
    directs a twitter at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their “replies” tab.
    Example: @jposwal I want that bike!
  2. D username + message
    sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
    Example: d raju where are you?
  3. FAV username
    marks a person’s last twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in your “Favorites” tab.
  4. SET LOCATION placename
    updates the location field in your profile
    Example: set location Delhi
  5. WHOIS username
    retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter.
    Example: whois rubin
  6. GET username
    retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person.
    Example: get funty
  7. NUDGE username
    reminds a friend to update by asking what they’re doing on your behalf.
    Example: nudge rock
  8. INVITE phone number
    will send an SMS invite to a friend’s mobile phone.
    Example: Invite 9000000011
  9. STATS
    this command returns your number of followers, how many people you’re following, and your bio information.
  10. FAV username
    marks a person’s last twitter as a favorite. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time)
    Example: fav d2core

Just SMS and enjoy…..


Joginder Poswal

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One Response to “Update Twitter status using SMS in India via Airtel”

  1. john Says:

    Nice article. Full of information I was looking for. Thanks Sir.

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