Mobile mavericks needed: how you can Twitter from the rally
We’re looking for people to use their mobile phones to report live from the event - and in the days running up to it. Follow the instructions below, and see how to take part.
Step one – join Twitter
- To get started, you’ll need to register on Twitter. (Never heard of Twitter before? See this video for short explanation). It’s free, and it’s easy to use.
- If you don’t have a Twitter profile already, head to twitter.com and sign up. If you’re already a Twitterer, head straight to step three.
Step two – set up your mobile
- The next step is to register your mobile phone on Twitter so that you can text in updates.
- Make sure you’re logged into Twitter, then click on ‘Settings’ and then ‘Devices’.
- Follow the instructions through on-screen to add your mobile number.
- Save the Twitter number (07624 801423) on your phone.
Step three – send a text update
- To start Twittering, send a text to 07624 801423 from the mobile you registered.
- Important bit: add G20 rally hash tag – #G20rally – to your message. For example, “I’m making a banner for the #G20rally London rally”.
- Hey presto, your tweets will automatically appear on the right of this page on the day of the rally and on your Twitter profile.
- And don’t limit yourself to twittering on the day. If you’re going to the G20 rally with friends, then twitter about what you’re planning to do.
- Or, if your train tickets to London arrive in the post, you could twitter a photo of them (see next step for more about sending photos).
Step four – send a photo
- It’s also possible to send photos from your mobile to Twitter. Two of the easiest ways to do this are using TwitPic and Skitch – visit TwitPic.com and Skitch.com and follow the instructions, or there’s a guide here.
- To use TwitPic or Skitch, your mobile will have to be set up to send emails. Many modern phones are already configured to do this, but if yours isn’t then it’s worth seeking advice from your mobile provider.
Step five – share your Tweets
- If you use the G20 hash tag – #G20rally – your Tweets will automatically appear on www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk/twitterbuzz
- Share this link with your friends and they’ll be able to see what’s happening at the rally without having to be there
A more detailed guide on how to get the best out of Twitter is online here.
March 17th, 2009