The quintessential SMS adorns a new avatar, thanks to Twitter with users now being able to share photographs through text messages on the micro-blogging site. The official Twitter blog announces the availability of this particular feature on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Cellular South in the US; Vodafone, O2 and Orange in the UK; Vodafone Italy; Rogers Communications in Canada; VIVA Bahrain; and, TIM Brazil. Apparently, the site will be bringing this feature through other carries, enabling more users to enjoy these services.
Users have to simply include photographs in their text to make use of this feature. All they are required to do is type out the tweet as they normally would and attach desired snapshots to this message and send it across to Twitter. Along with this Twitter also offers the Fast Follow SMS feature that allows users to directly receive tweets on their phone. This is only available with carriers who offer Twitter SMS services. Though this feature was already available to users in the U.S., it is now being offered globally.
Other additions to Twitter include one-word commands that can be used to get more information. For instance, ‘suggest’ gives suggestions for which accounts to follow. Account holders can also command ‘stats’ to know their basic profile information and they can also ask for handy Twitter SMS tips by simply punching in ‘Help’ or ‘Tips’.
Twitter constantly keeps updating and adding interesting features to make it more user-friendly and at the same time reach a wider audience. And with around four billion SMS messages being sent and received on Twitter every month, one can gauge how these inclusions are attracting larger groups, coming to socialize on this platform.