Twitter Stalking via SMS

So you’ve always been able to “Twitter Stalk” someone by just going to their Twitter page (example: but now there’s an easier way, via your cell phone.

Twitter’s launched this with the idea that you can get Twitter updates from your favorite companies, as many tend to tweet out offers that are only available to the Twitterati. However now you can utilize “Fast Follow” by texting “follow USERNAME” to 40404. You’ll then start receiving all of updates from that user via texts on your phone.

Personally, I do use the mobile interface for Twitter, but really only for DMs (direct messages). It’s kind of like text messaging to me that way. Not sure I’ll ever use “Fast Follow” but it’s nice that it’s so much more easily available to those of us without super computers for phones!

PS – Currently, “Fast Follow” is only available in the US, but they say they’re working on implementing it for other countries.


  • August 12, 2010

    Anyone who would consider using this, would most likely already have a super computer for a phone. Or at least an iphone :) This feature seems pretty useless.

  • August 13, 2010

    It’s a pretty impressive feature although I wouldn’t want to get all those text messages to my phone. I like the option to only receive the most recent tweet from someone as a better option.

  • August 14, 2010

    Being able to follow someone via text message has always been a feature of Twitter. In fact, the original Twitter was designed around text messaging. And yes, you’d have to have an unlimited text plan these days.

  • August 15, 2010

    I don’t think it’s useless for two reasons:
    a) most people have regular cell phones rather than super computer phones and are probably the most comfortable with text messaging than the mobile web (at the moment) and
    b) you don’t need to have a Twitter account to Fast Follow someone.

    I think that combined with a sign in a shop or at an event that says “text “twittername” to 40404 for free coupons & updates” or whatever will probably be more compelling to all those people who don’t use Twitter (what? crazy, right?).

  • August 24, 2010

    Using it for DM makes sense. Still if you get enough of them, it is going to be a major interruption. My cycle of being bombarded with interruptions all day long has reached its Apex. I am looking for ways to take it down a notch and get away instead. I am learning that less is more.

  • August 27, 2010

    In these there are so many things which is really great. . In fact, the original Twitter was designed around text messaging. In these there are so many advance facility will be included it into them.

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