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#Tip of the day for journalists: Search for Sandy tweets sent by SMS

Did you know that you could tweet by text message? A useful option if you find yourself without wifi and 3G and reporting on a severe weather event such as Hurricane Sandy. And did you know you can search for tweets sent by SMS?

If you want to search for tweets mentioning #Sandy sent by SMS, use the search box in Twitter and type #Sandy source:txt

If you want to search for tweets sent within 30 miles of New York by SMS, type near:new york within:30mi source:txt into the search box.

If you are ever caught without data services and want to send a tweet, here’s how you do so by SMS:

Save the number 86444 to your contacts (for UK Vodafone, Orange, 3, O2 and Sure customers). (Other country codes are listed here.) Text ON to the above number and you will be able to follow the commands to receive and send tweets.

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  • http://@marcsettle Marc settle

    You can control with more detail which tweets you receive and when by going to “edit profile” on twitter.com and then mobile. For example, you can set it so you only receive mentions or DMs, and only between 10pm and 8am.

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