No matter where you go nowadays, someone nearby is either tweeting, taking a new profile picture for their MySpace page, or shooting a video to post on YouTube.
The world of social media is all around us. Twitter has been a great source of information for breaking news this year, since you are able to tweet from just about anywhere. You are able to update your status through text message, aka SMS (Short Message Service). However, when it comes to posting a picture from your phone onto Twitter, you must have a smartphone and a Twitter app. Starting today, that all changes. Twitter users in the U.K. are now able to post pictures directly from their mobile phone via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
Users who have phone service with Orange UK will be able to send a picture through a message to Twitter, just like they would with a friend. Orange UK released the following statement:
The UK has had an outsized cultural impact on the world. From music to sports to literature… and now – MMS with Twitter.
Today, not only has Orange UK turned on Twitter SMS, but it has added a first-of-its-kind special enhancement. Orange UK users can also send picture messages (MMS) to 86444 in addition to text messages because of a site that Orange UK has created called Snapshot. The best part is that it is incredibly simple to use:
1. Take a photo on your Orange mobile phone
2. Select ‘Send via MMS’ or ‘Send multimedia message’
3. Send it to 86444
Twitter does not charge for this service. It’s just like sending and receiving messages with your friends — your carrier’s standard messaging rates apply. Give it a try by sending a text message to 86444 with the word “START.” This means that with the same shortcode, 86444, UK users can tweet via SMS with Vodafone, O2, and now Orange.
Snapshot is the newest picture service for Twitter, while for the time being Twitpic and yfrog will continue to host the majority of Twitter pictures. There is no word as to when or if the U.S. will enable a feature like this, because deals like this are based from carrier to carrier, and no U.S. service provider has announced such plans.