How to Use Facebook & Twitter Without Internet- Great for Emergencies!

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607


With Hurricane Sandy brewing, much of the Eastern US will be without power, and the internet.  Thanks to Mashable, here are instructions on how to set up your mobile phone to post on your social networks.

How can you still post on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends and family know that everything is fine? Or ask for help?

You can use good-old text messages.

To tweet, first you need to enable your mobile phone on, so do it now while you can. Go to your Twitter homepage, then to “Settings” and then “Mobile.” Insert your cellphone number under “Activate Twitter text messaging,” and then you’ll have to text “GO” to the number 40404.twitter iphone

Once you’ve done that, you should receive a text message telling you that your phone is now activated. You should also see new settings on the webpage that allow you to enable or disable text notifications.

Now, to tweet, just write a text and send it to 40404.

To find out more about how to use other Twitter functionalities without an Internet connection, check Twitter’s official guide.


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If you prefer Facebook... you can access it with texting too!

You can update your status via SMS as well and the social network also gives you the ability to subscribe to your friends’ updates and even use Facebook chat. Again, to access these functionalities, you first need to link your mobile phone to your Facebook account.

Log into and go to your “Account Settings,” which you can find under the arrow next to your name on the top bar. Then go to “Mobile,” introduce your number and click on “Activate Text Messaging.” You’ll have to select your country and your carrier. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions on the screen and text the letter “F” to the number 32665.

Finally, you will receive a confirmation number on your phone. Insert that number on the page. You should then receive a text message that will confirm that your phone is activated.

Now, to update your status, you simply have to write it in a text and send it to 32665.



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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

California Lifestyle Realty  California Lifestyle Realty                                               




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Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
I have been using Facebook and twitter app to post but this info is also useful for quick posting. Thank you!
Oct 31, 2012 12:39 AM #23
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

This is one really good post, Kathy. I can see where almost everyone might need this information. We here in Jacksonville Beach, Fl do have some pretty bad weather occasionally. I am bookmarking it and suggesting it, too.

Oct 31, 2012 12:41 AM #24
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good tips.  Every family needs to be prepared for emergency communications.  

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to have your camera ready for the special moments.

Busy Bee at Brookside Gardens

Oct 31, 2012 01:21 AM #25
Bruce McCallum
DFH Real Estate, Victoria, BC 800-668-2272 - Victoria, BC
Homes In Victoria BC

Thanks for sharing Twitter Tricks...

Oct 31, 2012 01:29 AM #26
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Kathy, great information. Thanks so much for sharing. Like the big power outage we had in Southern California last year, you never know when you this might come in very handy.

Oct 31, 2012 01:31 AM #27
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Good information to know. Thanks for sharing!   Now go bake a pumpkin pie and make some chili for tonight, LOL!

Happy Halloween!!

Oct 31, 2012 01:41 AM #28
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Kathy good suggestion.  Our iPhone has apps for each already.

Oct 31, 2012 01:53 AM #29
Dana Cottingame
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Dallas, TX

My Japanese son managed to tweet 4 words onto his facebook page 3/11/2011 to tell his family here that everyone was OK after the tsunami.  I was so grateful that he knew how to do this. I was sure it would be days before I could get a message from him in Japan. Thank you for telling us the steps.

Oct 31, 2012 02:45 AM #30
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Kathy,

Congrats on the featured blog. This is all good information as being able to send meesages during any emergency is important as what happened on the Esat Coast the last few days. I have personally have Facebook on my phone but not Twitter. I will have to add later today. Thanks for the tips..

Oct 31, 2012 03:38 AM #31
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC

Thank you Kathy for the wonderful tips.  Happy Halloween.

Oct 31, 2012 06:03 AM #32
Momentum Realty
North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists - Yorba Linda, CA
Orange County CA Real Estate Agent

Awesome info Kathy! This could be life saving, no matter where you're at, and with our earthquakes and fires here in So Cal, you just never know when it might come in handy!

Thank you so much and Happy Halloween!


Oct 31, 2012 07:36 AM #33
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Kathy, these shortcuts for posting may also be useful in other busy times for keeping statuses up to date.

Oct 31, 2012 12:00 PM #34
Francine Kianoff
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Los Angeles, CA

Excellent advice. thanks!

Nov 04, 2012 01:00 AM #35
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Great information.  That is good way to stay connected wih loved one's and to keep them updated.

Nov 04, 2012 08:04 PM #36

Thanks for the technical information! Much appreciated.

Nov 08, 2012 03:06 AM #37
Rana Adeel

That's really awsome. Thanks for sharing this great and informative post.

Dec 30, 2012 08:34 PM #38
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Thank you for the information it is truly important for all of us.

Feb 23, 2013 11:48 PM #39
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Excellent tip for those instances when Mother Nature is upset. Heading over to set up my mobile FB and Twitter.

Feb 23, 2013 11:50 PM #40
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
Good information to have. I need to go set this up right now.
Feb 24, 2013 12:25 AM #41
Candelaria Blough

A big thank you for your blog. Fantastic.

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