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Twitter Takes to Satellite for SMS Access

An announcement came out of Twitter’s camp earlier today suggesting that the company has partnered with two satellite providers to expand its SMS service to wider group of audience across the world.

This is certainly a very big move from Twitter as this draw more traffic particularly during a time of crisis. When we look back to the disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, we will come to know about the importance of this service.

At the time when cell towers aren’t operational, SMS service is not of any use. So, to overcome this, Twitter said that Iridium and Thuraya would be there to provide access to Twitter even in any emergency situation.

Satellite Provider

This is what Twitter had to say about its most recent move:

Of course, there may be times when people cannot access SMS. We’ve been working on some solutions when that occurs:

Satellite operators

We’ve partnered with the two largest satellite operators, Iridium and Thuraya, to give their subscribers access to Twitter SMS. Now, even if phone lines and the Internet are inaccessible — for example, in a war zone or after a natural disaster — people will be able to share news and stay informed via Twitter.


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Long codes

We work with as many carriers as we can to support SMS around the world. If your carrier does not currently support Twitter SMS, you can still Tweet. Just use one of our long codes.

Furthermore, the company has also provided us with a full list of short and long codes that offer access to the micro-sharing platform. The full list can be viewed here.

This move is even appreciated and suggested by the government of United States as well. The US government is of the view that one should take to social media sites like Twitter to let their loved ones know that they are O.K at the time of earthquakes or any other natural calamity. This would also be helpful to get assistance in areas that need it the most.

Twitter must be a very keen observer particularly at the time when Facebook filed its paperwork to go public. The social networking giant claimed it to be one of its strengths as economy booster. On the other hand, Twitter’s idea of connecting people globally during the time of crisis or disaster certainly is worth admiring.

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