Mississauga – Bell  and Twitter  have announced that Bell Mobility will be the first wireless carrier to offer Canadians full SMS (Short Messaging Service, or mobile text messaging) support for interacting with Twitter.
Twitter is a communication network that enables users to send and receive text based posts of up to 140 characters (known as “tweets”). Updates are displayed on a users profile page at Twitter.com and delivered in real time to those who’ve signed up for them. Twitter updates can also be received through integration with other social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace, Linkedin (using Twhirl software) or via SMS, RSS or Twittermobile.
“Being the first wireless carrier to offer Canadians Twitter’s fully interactive SMS service underlines our commitment to delivering popular and relevant content to our clients, including the latest social networking applications,” said Andrew Wright, Director of Business Development at Bell Mobility. “Twitter is extremely successful, with millions of people regularly using the service to stay in touch with, family, friends and colleagues every day.”
“It’s very exciting to bring Twitter to Canada via SMS and we couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic partner,” said Kevin Thau, Director of Mobile Business Development at Twitter. “Bell’s experience with mobile content was key to delivering Twitter’s SMS component. This was crucial as the service relies heavily on two-way communication. I’m extremely pleased with the product and am confident Canadians will agree.”
Twitter continues to grow at a phenomenal rate with active users increasing by 900% in the last year. As of February 2009, Twitter ranks as the third most popular social site after Facebook and MySpace. For more information, please visit bell.ca/socialsites .