As director of mobile products and partnerships at Twitter, one thing that always makes me smile is the growing demand for sending and receiving tweets via SMS. The ease of composing a text message combined with the “interuptiveness” of getting an alert for an account you follow is a powerful combination. This has always been the aspect of Twitter that excites me most. It’s cool to think that a café in Jakarta can write their Twitter username on a chalkboard and tell people to text “follow username” to our shortcode for alerts about the daily special.
Today we are are announcing a partnership with AXIS (@axisgsm) in Indonesia to offer tweets via SMS on the shortcode 89887 (TWTTR). So if you live in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, Semarang, or anywhere in between, send “START” to 89887 to activate your phone. To learn about all the useful commands we support via SMS click here.
If your country isn’t supported with Twitter SMS, we’re working with lots of folks around the globe and it’s possible that your network will be up and running soon.