brightkite and smsing

Last Christmas and Holidays I’ve spent in lovely analogue world receiving updates from Twitter via sms, interacting and communicating apart from (the failures of) GPRS, micro-blogging applications, my browser.  GRPS is not reliable especially for Holidays. I was so happy to have wifi on my PDA only for interwebs and mobile for texting and twittering.

Since Twitter doesn’t support anymore facility of receiving free sms’s on my mobile device, I am testing few services these days, and came to conclusion that the only micro-blogging service that treats you with free of charge sms, direct messages and other notifications is – BrightKite. I found many Twitter buddies there, both International and local (locals should sign up) who post micro-notes, comment under each one of them, post/upload their mobile pics – and it is cool! Service doesn’t charge you any received sms or direct message, if you live here in Europe. You can also send Brightkite notes on Twitter, but I still didn’t figure out how you can receive tweets on Brightkite for free. If someone knows – let us all know!

While I’m testing all micro blogging possibilities for the upcoming Holidays without GPRS or wifi dependence (just in case) – you can sign up and friend me at BrightKite.


  1. Dominik says:

    I do have a feeling, though, that the sms will go the way of the twitter-sms rather soon. Sadly the carriers still make it very expensive, even for bulk-senders like twitter/brightkite to send sms.

  2. Anders says:

    A great post Danica. I used Brightkite the most when I was backpacking in Finland last summer. As one of my other online friends said: “Brightkite is great for travels!”
    But I think a mashedup services like Brightkite is the one that will survive in the long run, at least that’s my belief.

  3. Danica says:

    Dominik, it seems so. And Twitter is contemplating charging from 2009.

    Thank you, Anders. What concerns me now is that I’d like to receieve replies on my comments/notes

  4. […] to those piking up on my geekiness that I am not addicted to interwebs ::smile:: ). I may read only direct messages from BrightKite friends […]

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