When you pick up your new iPhone 4S, Siri will be one of the coolest features, but right out of the box, you can’t tweet with Siri.
Siri is still in beta and doesn’t connect up to all of iOS 5 yet, let alone third party apps like Twitter or Tweetdeck. You don’t have to wait for Siri to gain access to your Twitter app, to start tweeting with Siri as soon as you get your iPhone 4S.
Siri is a personal assistant that can respond to many requests, using Artificial Intelligence to try to place your questions in context. from what we have seen, Siri isn’t perfect, but it offers many advancements over the voice control and simple dictation services offered on other devices. For more, read: What is Siri?
How to use Siri to Tweet
The great news is that Siri can send text messages, which means you just need to do a little prep to start sending tweets with Siri.
1. Open your Twitter Settings page.
2. Click on the Mobile tab.
3. Make sure you have the phone number of your iPhone entered. If you haven’t done this, follow the prompts to link up your iPhone 4S phone number.
4. Add Twitter to your contacts with the phone number 40404.
- Sending messages may cost you money based on your plan, so make sure you know how many texts you can send to avoid a large bill.
5. Hold the Home button on your iPhone 4S for 2 seconds to start Siri.
6. When Siri is ready, just say, Text Twitter, and then your tweet.
7. Keep in mind that your tweet will need to stay under 140 characters.
8. Siri will confirm that you want to send the message, if you do, confirm and you will send a Tweet.
These tweets will appear in your timeline just like normal. While it will be much harder to reply to someone or to @ includes someone in a message, you can still use Siri to tweet complaints about traffic or share with all of your followers.
Do More with Siri on Twitter
If you want Siri to read you Tweets, you will need to turn on message notifications in the Mobile tab.
You can have text message alerts for users you have activated mobile notifications, direct messages or replies. These will arrive as basic text messages. Personally this is too much for me, but if you only subscribe to replies or DMs, you might be OK with this. Because it is a text message, Siri can read it to you.
In addition to reading select tweets by text, you can ask Siri to do more. These commands may not work out real well, based on how good Siri is at understanding the usernames you are trying to include, but you can give it a shot.
- FOLLOW username – Start following a user
- UNFOLLOW username – Stop following a user
- ON/OFF Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
- ON/OFF username – Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
- GET username – Shows you the latest tweet from any user
- RETWEET username – Retweet a user’s latest tweet
- FAVORITE username – Favorite a user’s latest tweet
- DM username your – message – Send a direct message to a user
Until we see official support for the Twitter app in Siri, this is one way you can tweet with Apple’s new intelligent personal assistant.
You can see a demo of how you send a text message in this video of Siri below. Check out 22 seconds in and just over a minute to see examples of texting with Siri.