When Jack Dorsey first started thinking about Twitter, his original concept was to allow an individual to use an SMS service to communicate with a group of people via text message – back then, the project name for the platform was Twttr, which was based on the five-character length of American SMS short codes.
Times have changed, and in just five years Twitter has become a fully-fledged social platform, with 400 million people visiting Twitter.com each month. However, the company has continued to remain true to its roots and continues to support text messaging as a way for users to connect with the service, and this remains popular around the world, particularly in countries where the internet is less freely available. The numbers are pretty amazing – nearly 4 billion SMS messages are sent and received on Twitter every month.
Over on the official blog, Twitter has announced that users can now send photos on Twitter using SMS. Here’s how you do it:
- On your phone, enter the text of your tweet as you normally would
- Attach your photo to the message
- Send this to Twitter
Messages are sent to Twitter using short or long codes, depending on the country. You can find a full list of countries that Twitter supports here. However, photo sharing via SMS is currently only available on the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Cellular South in the US; Vodafone, O2 and Orange in the UK; Vodafone Italy; Rogers Communications in Canada; VIVA Bahrain; and, TIM Brazil.
(Source: Twitter blog.)