in brief Telstra today launched an SMS alert system for social networking tool Twitter, saying the SMS alerts would be free for its own customers.
However, if users want to post tweets via SMS, they will be charged standard SMS rates. Other functionality includes direct messaging and friend following are also accessible through Twitter's SMS service.
Twitter's mobile director, Kevin Thau, was enthusiastic about the project. "We are very excited to bring Twitter to Australia via SMS and it was great to work with such an enthusiastic partner as Telstra," said Thau in a statement.
According to the official Twitter blog, New Zealand's SMS service has been active since May of this year. Twitter's mobile service has also been active in the US, Canada, UK, India, Indonesia and Ireland. Telstra was unavailable for further comment at the time of publication.