Twitter Tool Tuesday – Pockets

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What is it?
Pockets
is visual voicemail for Twitter. It allows you to leave a private voicemail for anyone on Twitter and they’ll be notified by @reply.

How does it work?
You must first sign in and allow the tool access to your Twitter account. It will then ask for a phone number and Twitter username to send voicemail to. Once these bits are out the way, you’re ready to start using the tool. Simply enter the recipients Twitter handle, click the “Send Voicemail” button and Pockets will call you to record a message. When you’ve finished recording, hang up, and Pockets will posts an @reply to the recipient asking them to likewise allow the tool access to their account so they can retrieve the message.

Closing comments
Pockets is a novel idea and a fun way to message friends on Twitter who you know, but don’t have a number for. On the downside its very nature gives it potential for spammy miss-use, although there are ways for message recipients to block the tool in such circumstances.

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