It seems like there is no voice command in Siri to directly update your status on twitter.

Am I missing something? I thought that with iOS 5 Twitter is tightly integrated into iOS?!



Because Twitter offers to update your status via SMS, there is an easy workaround.

  1. Create new Contact
  2. Assign as first name: Twitter
  3. Assign phone number: 40404 (this number is for United States residents)

Now you can update your Twitter status via Siri:

Tell Twitter Hello World.

Enable SMS for Twitter

In order for the workaround to work, you need to enable the SMS feature for Twitter first.

You can do this either online by editing your profile on twitter.com or send the text message start to 40404 (for US residents only!). Then follow the instructions in the reply. However, the latter way is more complicated.

International Twitter SMS codes

United States    40404
United Kingdom   86444        (Vodafone, Orange, 3 and O2 customers)
Australia        0198-089488  (Telstra customers)

You can get a full list of the world-wide twitter short codes here.

Some countries or providers do not support short codes. You have to use long codes instead. Fees may apply:

United Kingdom  +44-762-4800379
Germany         +49-157-05000021
Finland         +35-845-73950042
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    Authenticating via SMS is absurdly annoying, just log into twitter.com and add your phone number in the account/profile section, that will greatly expedite things. – Jason Salaz Dec 27 '11 at 11:42
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    Please specify that the phone number is for US only! This is the Twitter SMS number, which is different for each country, probably operator too. – sorin Mar 20 '12 at 22:50

For completeness, in iOS 6, posting to Twitter is now a fully-supported feature through Siri. Just say "Tweet ..."


You can also go to the Twitter app and press the microphone button on the keyboard.

As Siri is in beta not all features are available, this is something that could be added in the full release.

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