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Mobile Connectivity Solutions for Social Media

November 18th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

I love technology and technology loves me. I’m the guy who walks in the room and the computer refuses to do the thing that made you call tech support in the first place. There are more computers than people in my house. I’ve been online longer than most MySpace users have been alive. You would think I have some sort of crazy smart phone, but I don’t. I use a very basic Samsung M300. It’s the free phone you get when you sign up.

Going Mobile

Can you effectively stay connected to social media with a basic cell phone and a generous (unlimited) text messaging plan? Facebook and Twitter have the functionality, but is it still cool, interesting, fun, and effective on a basic phone with a tiny screen and no QWERTY keypad? I’ve set up mobile access to my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow me and find out how effective it is.

Why am I doing this? Being a dad takes a lot of my time. My computer time is limited. I’m looking for the pebbles and the grains of sand to squeeze between the boulders. Using public transit means waiting and sitting. When I don’t feel like listening to music or watching a video podcast, I can send tweets and check in with Facebook.

Facebook Text Messaging Options

Send Text to 32665 (FBOOK)

What do you want to do? Send Text
Update status is at john’s party
Message msg john smith whats up?
Get profile info srch john smith
Get cell phone # cell john smith
Wall post wall john smith happy bday
Poke poke john smith
Add a friend add john smith
Write a note note this is a mobile note
Comment on your status comment status followup

You don’t even have to type in your friend’s full name to send a message, get profile info, poke, write on their wall. You can type just enough to uniquely identify that person. For example, if I wanted to send a msg to Ernesto Brown, I can just enter “msg ernesto b hey, what’s up brownie?”

You can also set up which notifications go to your phone. Currently, I have messages, pokes, and status updates of a few select friends going to my phone.

Twitter Commands

Send texts to 40404

The offical Twitter Commands can be found in their help pages. Twitter is well-suited for text messaging since your tweets need to be 140 characters or less. You definitely want to fine-tune which events trigger a notification. You will get a LOT of text messages if you don’t pare it down to essential information. I only have direct messages going to my phone for now.

A New Paradigm

Accessing email on my phone is an exercise in frustration, but so far, the mobile versions of Twitter and Facebook have been good to me. If you really need to get in touch with me, sending me messages through Facebook and/or Twitter is, in some cases, more effective than calling, emailing, or instant messaging me.

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3 Responses to “Mobile Connectivity Solutions for Social Media”

  1. comment number 1 by: orlund

    Wow your light years ahead of me. We have been out of a cell phone for years and just got a new one. I can’t even remember how to text.

  2. comment number 2 by: Joseph Hoetzl

    Ahhh, Blackberry – and I am the BES Admin so I get the unliminted everything plan 🙂
    Twitterberry works really well on the 8320 (Curve) and then there is the whole facebook app.

  3. comment number 3 by: Corina

    Mobile twitter? Yeah, addicted without it. Put the phone down….

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