Twitter Introduces Instant Notifications

Twitter has introduced instant, push notifications for @mentions. Whenever an account that is followed mentions a user, that person will immediately receive a notification. The idea is to ensure that people know who is talking to or about them on Twitter so they can continue the conversation in real-time.

Notifications for @mentions will initially be available on SMS and on the latest version of Twitter for iPhone. In addition to @mentions, Twitter is also bringing push notifications for messages to Twitter for iPhone, as the company has already done with SMS and Twitter for Blackberry and this feature will soon be launched for Twitter for Android and Twitter for Windows Phone.

To turn on SMS notifications, go to and check the boxes under “Text message notifications”. You can change your notifications settings at any time. For example, text “set mentions all’ to turn on notifications for @mentions from everyone, rather than just those whom you follow, and ‘set mentions off’ to turn off @mentions notifications.

Forbid the thought that you put your phone down for even an instant!

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Sherrilynne Starkie is a consultant at PDMS. For almost 18 years, Sherrilynne has been advising blue-chip organisations on both sides of the pond, covering Britain, Canada and the United States. For three years, Sherrilynne was the Tech Talk columnist for the Isle of Man newspapers. She serves on the steering committee for Isle of Man Women in Business, is on the Executive Council for the Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the past she was on the management committee for the Isle of Man British Computer Society and the marketing committee of Junior Achievement.