Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Aug 2012 23:47 UTC
Internet & Networking Twitter is changing its API guidelines. Lots of new restrictions and limitations for third party clients. I'm within 140 characters.
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RE[2]: About time...
by Morgan on Fri 17th Aug 2012 05:27 UTC in reply to "RE: About time..."
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Actually I have the opposite problem, in a manner of speaking. I wasted a lot of time and effort trying to integrate SMS alerts triggered by weather warning posts to my site, yet most of the site followers asked for Twitter alerts instead. It turned out Twitter alerts were much easier to manage, so I went that route.

You would think that, given how pretty much every American citizen over 15 years old has at least a basic cellphone, they would prefer SMS. It seems that people here are foregoing the older, more reliable (and these days, pretty much free) technology built into the phone, instead preferring a bug-ridden, spam infested web 2.0 service.

I can't count the times I've been able to receive SMS messages reliably with one bar of 1XRTT service, yet when I finally move back into 3G/WiMAX areas I'm bombarded with dozens of pending internet-based alerts.

There is something to be said for Twitter's ability to forward relevant tweets to your phone via SMS, but what happens when Twitter itself goes down for a while?

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RE[3]: About time...
by zimbatm on Fri 17th Aug 2012 08:48 in reply to "RE[2]: About time..."
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2005-08-22

You would think that, given how pretty much every American citizen over 15 years old has at least a basic cellphone, they would prefer SMS. It seems that people here are foregoing the older, more reliable (and these days, pretty much free) technology built into the phone, instead preferring a bug-ridden, spam infested web 2.0 service.


My guess is that they don't want to pay 10 cents every time to receive the SMS. That's really an absurdity of the US cell network. In Europe, only the sender pays to deliver the message

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RE[4]: About time...
by darknexus on Fri 17th Aug 2012 13:21 in reply to "RE[3]: About time..."
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2008-07-15

My guess is that they don't want to pay 10 cents every time to receive the SMS. That's really an absurdity of the US cell network.

What are you talking about? Which network? We do have a few of them, you know. The only providers these days that do this are mostly small regional resellers of the major networks, i.e. they piggy-back on a major network (typically Sprint or Verizon) but provide alternative plans and charges. These piggy-backers are usually the ones that slap you with roaming charges as well. It's stupid really, as if you go with a major carrier directly you actually end up with more fair terms more often than not (how unusual is that in our corporate culture?), while the resellers make you pay more because they have to pay more in turn to use the network they're borrowing. It's not really a problem with the network though. I doubt the network cares one way or the other what the providers are charging.

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