As soon as Twitter dumped SMS alerts for most of the world, a bunch of us started trying to find workaround solutions that would allow us to still get text messages from Twitter. After much fiddling, online discussion and frustration, I’ve come up with two solutions that seem to work:
Solution #1: feed Twitter into Jaiku, then into Jaiku again
Twitter clone Jaiku is still sending SMS alerts to users. However, there doesn’t appear to be a way to select which ones you get SMS alerts from, and asking all your friends to switch to Jaiku isn’t practical for most. So…
You will need two Jaiku accounts. The first will ‘broadcast’ all of the feeds you want to subscribe to; the second will ‘receive’ those feeds from the first, and send texts to your phone.
You will also need a tool to pull all your RSS feeds into one, because Jaiku doesn’t seem to like Twitter RSS feeds (I wonder why?).
In the broadcasting Jaiku go to settings > web feeds and add the feed from your Yahoo! Pipe.
Now log out and log in again with your second receiving Jaiku account, and make the broadcasting Jaiku account your friend. You should now receive notifications from them whenever the aggregated RSS feeds update.
Set up your receiving Jaiku account to send you text updates. That’s it.
Unfortunately Jaiku is still in invite-only phase, so you’ll need to know someone with spare Jaiku invites. You can also request them here.
Solution #2: Redirect emails to your phone (only on Orange, O2 and T-Mobile?)
For this you will need an email account to redirect to your phone. I’m using Gmail (click settings > forwarding and POP/IMAP to access the forwarding option). You can either set it up to forward all emails or just those you know are coming from Twitter (e.g. direct messages).
The emails will need to be forwarded to one of the following addresses:
- O2: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Orange: email@example.com
- T-Mobile: firstname.lastname@example.org
So if your number is 07999000000 then an email forwarded to email@example.com should reach you by text (if you’re on Orange – firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re on O2).
Hope this is useful – if you have any more tips or refinements please let me know.
Note: also tried: Yahoo! Pipes text alert option and Pingie - both US only