du Users Can Now Tweet via SMS

By on July 12, 2010
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du offers tweet-on-the-go service so you never go without a tweet.

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Press release:
In a quest to offer more flexibility to Twitter users, du today launched the first-of-its-kind Twitter SMS service in the UAE, which will provide mobile customers with the opportunity to Tweet on-the-go via SMS. With this new service, du mobile customers can follow their friends and receive direct messages from followers using SMS at any time, within the UAE and abroad. Moreover, Twitter users will receive notifications totally free of charge and will only be charged for outgoing SMS at regular rates.

“Twitter is becoming a vital platform for individuals as well as companies to communicate with friends, families and customers, and thus we are introducing this new service to enhance customers’ experiences by adding mobility to this growing social network. Customers now can follow their friends and send and receive messages conveniently at any time, while on-the-go” said Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du.

Customers can start using the service by simply sending “start” via text message to short code 8080 to get started. Customers have the option to receive notifications and updates from specific followers by texting “on <username>”, and can follow new friends by sending “follow <username>” to the same short code. For more information and details on how to use the new service, customers can visit http://help.twitter.com/entries/14020-the-official-twitter-textcommands, or refer to the full list of commands listed below.

“We are always keen to provide our customers with the best possible services which meet their expectations and facilitate their day-to-day life. Today, mobile phones are more than a device for calling or sending SMS, and are major providers of a world of services designed to cater to people’s growing demands, therefore we are continuously committed to offering such services to our valued customers in the UAE”, added Faraidooni.

Subscribing to the Twitter SMS service and receiving Tweets is free of charge, and customers will only pay when sending SMS at standard rates. When users choose to follow external links, mobile data charges will apply.

Command list and data bundle prices

On Turn ALL authorized Twitter updates and notifications on.
OFF Turns off all updates except direct messages. Send STOP again to turn off direct messages too
STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe Turns ALL phone notifications off.
ON <username> Turns on notifications for a specific person on mobile phone
OFF <username> Turns off notifications for a specific person on mobile phone
FOLLOW <username> This command allows customers to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications
LEAVE <username> This command allows customers to stop receiving SMS notifications for a specific user
@username + message shows the Tweet as a reply directed at another person, and causes customer’s Twitter to save in their “replies” tab
D <username> + message Direct Message: sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive
FAV <username> Favourite a Tweet: marks a person’s last Twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in customers “Favorites” tab.
RT <username> Retweet: sends another user’s latest Tweet to customer’s followers
WHOIS <username> Retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter
GET <username> Retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person
FAV <username> Marks that user’s last Tweet as one of your favorites
STATS This command returns customer’s number of followers, how many people he/she is following, and his/her bio information.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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