Twitter has announced a new feature that enables users to send SMS messages to share photos on the social networking site.
Many users already use SMS to post to their Twitter account or to receive notifications from their favourite tweeters.
The site says that at the moment, almost “four billion SMS messages are sent and received every month.”
SMS is supported in around 80 different countries as well as nine languages, and Twitter says that their use shows no signs of dwindling, in fact it continues to grow.
Starting yesterday, users can now include a photo, attaching the pic to their tweet and sending as usual. The new service is currently available in the UK, US, Canada, Bahrain and Brazil with O2 and Orange being the only UK service providers able to support the facility right now.
Twitter says that it will “continue to work with more carriers to enable their customers to share photos via text message”.
The social network has also announced that following the success of “Fast Follow” in the US last year, the service is now available globally.
The feature allows people who are not signed up to Twitter to receive information in real-time with any mobile provider who offers Twitter SMS.
Users simply send the @(account/business name) to a Twitter number in order to receive tweets from that particular business or service, handy for those who want to use the social media site without the bother of setting up an account. Twitter also announced support for even more languages has been added to the service. The site is now available in simplified and traditional Chinese, Hindi, Filipino and Malay.
They say that this will make the service “more easily accessible to almost half a billion people around the world.”
(via – techwatch.co.uk)