How to text using SiRi

Are you wondering how to Tweet with SiRi on your shiny new iPhone 4S? We found out the hard way that SiRi has not been enabled to Tweet as of yet, and we wanted to find a nice little solution to our Tweeting needs. We remembered that SiRi can send text messages, and Twitter has a convenient Text to Tweet service. With a few simple and quick steps, you can start sending and receiving tweets hands-free using SiRi :-)

Here are the instructions for how to tweet using SiRi:

  1. Go to Twitter.com and login with your account.
  2. Edit your profile, and select the “Mobile” section.
  3. Enter your phone number and hit save.
  4. Send the verification text to twitter using the number 40404, and the verification code provided on the screen.
  5. Make an entry in your contact book (for the number 40404) to send text messages using Siri.
  6. DO NOT name the contact book entry you created in step 5 Twitter, as SiRi will not text to that name.

Take a look at some of the commands you can use with SiRi, once you’ve started receiving those Twitter texts:

Apple SiRi

Twitter commands for SiRi using text messages to 40404

Do more than Tweet! Send these commands to Twitter:

  • FOLLOW username – Start following a user
  • UNFOLLOW username – Stop following a user
  • ON/OFF – Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
  • ON/OFF username – Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
  • GET username – Shows you the latest tweet from any user
  • RETWEET username – Retweet a user’s latest tweet
  • FAVORITE username – Favorite a user’s latest tweet
  • DM username your-message – Send a direct message to a user

Keep in mind that this is a custom solution for how to tweet using SiRi, and it is not an official solution from Apple or Twitter. We should see SiRi improved over time with new commands, but this type of tweaking will serve us well while we wait. Let us know how the solution is working for you, or if you’ve found any improvements or tweaks that we could add to SiRi.

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