BREAKING: Twitter SMS Back In The Arab World: Now in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
In August 2008 Twitter shut down SMS for the most of the world to save the hefty SMS cost, we exclusively reported back August 2009 back that Twitter is in talks with one of the largest mobile operators in the Arab world Zain to enable 2 way SMS in the Arab countries it has operations in.
Now that post seems to news have become true as now Twitter mobile page shows SMS option avalibe to Jordan only with Zain, Kuwait with Zain only and Saudi Arabia with STC only.
I have not tested Twitter SMS in Jordan yet since I do not have a Zain number but if you live in one of these 3 countries and have Zain or STS STC numbers do please let us know via comment if it works.
Zain Jordan has also another SMS deal with Jordanian Startup WatWet Twitter’s Arabic clone. This news for sure is not good news for Watwet, as the only advantage watwet had over Twitter is its SMS service and now Twitter has it!
We are big fans of Twitter in ArabCrunch since day 1 of its launch and happy to see this good news.
Twitter SMS commands:
- FOLLOW username
- Start following a user
- UNFOLLOW username
- Stop following a user
- 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
- RT username
- Retweet a user’s latest tweet
- FAV username
- Favorite a user’s latest tweet
- D username your-message
- Send a direct message to a user
Seems like no one managed to get SMS activated here is a screenshot from AC friend Mohammad Khawaja using a Zain number in Jordan, if anyone managed to activate please let us know via a comment: