In April 2020, Twitter decided to disable the ability for users to receive tweets via text message. It was an odd decision because this is one of Twitter's oldest features. The service was built on the ability to send and receive tweets via text message.
While this will not impact the majority of users, it is a feature that many users, including many businesses, have become accustomed to over the years.
Why elect to receive Tweets through SMS instead of standard Android or iOS notifications?
For one, most phones are littered with endless amounts of notifications and Twitter alerts end up getting buried. Second, and most importantly, is timing. SMS gives users the ability to know instantly when someone they are following tweets. The following types of tweets usually require quick or instant notification via SMS.
- Political Persons of Interest
- Most public figures now use Twitter and a tweet can send shock waves around the world in a matter of seconds.
- Emergency Services
- Most police and fire departments now actively tweet about important events that impact the community.
- Utility Service Alerts
- Power out? Internet down? Utility services often use Twitter to notify users of planned outages or expected downtime.
- Financial News
- Markets can turn on a dime due to good or bad news.
How to receive tweets via text message again.
Fortunately, we have setup a free service that allows anyone in the US or Canada to receive tweets via SMS once again. Here's how to turn it back on:
- Register at www.smstweets.com. It takes less than 20 seconds.
- You will receive a text message requesting your permission to send tweets to your phone. Reply with "YES" (without the quotes).
- Reply with the Twitter handles you wish to follow.
That's it! Seriously. You will now be notified within seconds when your favorite twitter handles issue tweets. As with all text messages, message and data rates may apply. To cancel at anytime, reply with "cancel".