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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Twit2948

Ever wanted to post to Twitter via mobile? Is your 3G/GPRS bill sky-rocketing because you're secretly twitting over WAP during meetings?

We'll just send TWIT to 2948 to start posting to Twitter via SMS, great for those twitter addicts who just wants to twit anywhere and anytime. This service works for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers (standard VAS rates applies). Wahooo.

Is this an official Twitter client?

Well ... Almost there ^_^

It's just like any other third-party client and there are hundreds of Twitter client out there too and they're all unofficial.

How did this happen?

The story goes like this; I stayed at the office over night because we're going on a company vacation the next morning. So I thought wouldn't it be nice to twit while on vacation? Is there even going to be Internet or WiFi access there? I got a panic attack and asked Mark Achanzar to provision me an OrgTxt keyword; I knew theres only one way to do this -- post to Twitter via SMS!

While working on this another impromptu project, I thought its unfair I couldn't just use the built-in SMS feature on Twitter and that I have to cram in under 10 hours just to enjoy mobile twitting. If only I can SMS to twitter without paying International text-ing rates; WAP access is to pricey for me too and I'll probably drain my battery just twitting along the way.

Anyway Mark's XRelay SMS platform did most of the job for me, I just have to code from a template class and everything i need to control the gateway is readily accessible in my code. I actually spent the first 6 hours answering forum posts that's why I have to cram on the last hours (sorry, I get out of focus sometimes).

So here it is, another Mobile 2.0 product with only 67 lines of pure PHP code (I still need to compress that after vacation). I call it... Twit2948. ^_^

Now I'm dead tired, hungry (haven't ate diner yet) and sleepy; but I'm happy I can post to Twitter while on vacation ^_^

Update: Now supports MMS image attachments!

PS: I'm still working on unregister and change password features. Use at your own discretion.

10 comments:

THE ANiTOKiD said...

Just send TWIT to 2948 and for the amount of Php1 (one peso) I can start posting to Twitter? Did I get it right, kabayan?

godieYOSI said...

The rates differ per telco, I.m on Smart and its charging me P2.50/sms.

I'm not recommending it as substitute to Web Twittering but like my case I'll be off The Grid for two days during vacation and it beats texting everyone I know to share my vacation experience. They can just read it on Twitter and when they want they just can SMS me directly to my phone.

I had to do this app overnight so its just purely posting messages, I'd be expanding its features when I get back especially direct messages! I forgot all about it last night!

THE ANiTOKiD said...

Wow! That's very good news, kabayan! Php2.50 is a steal instead of the Php15! Just one final question, after I send TWIT to 2948, how to I go about texting to my twitter account?

Much thanks for taking time out to answer my queries, kabayan! Maraming salamat!

godieYOSI said...

Just send TWIT your_message to 2948.

Also if you don't want just anryone else to read your messages (maybe just for relatives). These is a privacy option that allows this on Twitter website.

Aileen Apolo said...

*Clap* *Clap* *Clap* *Clap*

Idol! =)

Ederic said...

Waah, di ko to nakita. Buti na lang gumagana pa rin ang Twittermail/Smart Txtmail.

Jamie said...

hi! please see my twitter: twitter.com/skyllo i posted a message via Twit2948 about chinese new year and when i logged in to my account just now, 2 of my twit2948 messages are repeatedly posted in 3-5 pages of my account. i asked twitter to help me remove those messages. if ever you do not see those messages because twitter fixed the problem, i can send you screenshots. there must be some kind of bug with twit2948

godieYOSI said...

Hi. Your message seems to be have been buried in inbox. Twitter should discard duplicate posts incase of flood. Im also asking them about it. Thnx

Althea said...

Hi! Thanks for this. I'm having problems though... I keep getting told that I should separate my username and password with a space, but they're already separate. What should I do? Thanks again!

K.R.I.C.K.E.T. said...

i tried to register, and i was told i entered a wrong keyword. i typed in TWIT, so am i missing anything? help! thanks =)

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