Did you get your fancy new iPhone 4S yet? I sure did. If you or someone you know recently got one, you’ve undoubtedly been playing around with the voice command system, otherwise known as Siri.
Siri can do some pretty incredible things, like find the highest rated Chinese restaurant near you or set your alarm for 6:45am, but do you know what Siri can’t do? She can’t post a status update to Facebook or send a tweet for you. Imagine being able to update your social channels without having to type out your update. Well in this article, I’m going to show you how to trick Siri into updating your Facebook and Twitter statuses for you. Just be sure not to tell Siri about this, okay?
Updating Twitter & Facebook Text Updates
The easiest way to work around Siri’s refusal to update Facebook and Twitter on your behalf is to enable text updates on both of those services. Why? Because Siri can text message numbers from your contact list on your behalf. See where I’m going with this?
You see, both Facebook and Twitter can be linked to your phone, because both services give you the ability to update them via text message. And, luckily for us, enabling this feature on your phone is really simple for both services. Let’s take a look at how this process works.
On Twitter, just text the word “Start” to 40404 (if you’re in the US – you can find other countries’ short codes here). You will receive a text back asking for your username and password.
If you’ve linked your Twitter account to your phone previously, you will receive a message letting you know that this is the case.
At any rate, once you complete the process, just add the short code (40404 in this example) as a new contact in your list. Feel free to name it whatever you want, but I’ve just named it “Twitter” in my list.
The process for Facebook is nearly identical to Twitter. Just text “Hello” to 32665 (again, this is the US short code – you can find other countries’ short codes here) and you will receive a link to open in your mobile browser.
Facebook seems to take a little while to get back to you once you text the short code, at least in my experience. If you text “Hello” and don’t get a reply within 5 minutes, try visiting Facebook’s mobile page for more assistance. You can also visit your settings to investigate this.
After you complete the process of connecting your phone to your Facebook account, just add the short code to your contact list as “Facebook”.
Once you have Facebook and Twitter listed in your contacts, you can have Siri text message them just like any of your other friends.
Just activate Siri by long-pressing the Home button on your iPhone and tell her to “Send a text to Twitter” with your tweet, or “Send a text to Facebook” with your status update. Once you confirm your message, your update/tweet will be posted, without you having to type anything.
What’s your favorite thing to do with Siri?