The interesting service will link leaders, government agencies and citizens with each other and will help in getting emergency information too. Here’s how to register for the service and who are the participants.
Indian government, in collaboration with popular microblogging site Twitter, has launched Twitter Samvad, a platform which will allow people to receive tweets as SMSes.
The service was launched by PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi at the meeting with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Tuesday, 24th March 2015. The service will act as a tool for direct communication between citizens, government and leaders, and even help to boost e-governance.
Twitter Samvad currently has 16 partners including PM Modi, CMs of Andhra Pradesh,West Bengal, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Bengaluru Police and the Railway Ministry has also come on board for the initiative.
The interesting initiative will curate tweets from leaders and government agencies and then send them across to people as text messages.
This service is expected to play an important role in bridging the gap between the government and those communities who do not have access to internet or social media.
Through this service, the government can also share live updates during emergencies and people can get instant updates on the latest developments.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 24, 2015
Costolo called this initiative as a “milestone moment for Twitter, which was invented on SMS” and said, “As part of the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative, this tweet-powered service enables citizens to be the first to know about the government’s actions by receiving political content in real-time on their mobile devices anywhere in the country.”
Twitter Samvad is based on the technology platform provided by ZipDial, an Indian company which was recently acquired by Twitter. The initiative will be of great use in promoting recently launched schemes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao to the general public.
Modi also tweeted about the initiative and said, “Lets deepen our connect! Give a missed call on 011 3006 3006 & get my Tweets on your mobile as SMS.”
Here is how Twitter Samvad will work:
- Users can register themselves for this service by giving a missed call on respective numbers to follow twitter accounts.
- After giving a missed call, users will automatically get curated list of tweets throughout the day from the accounts they have chosen
- Also, in case of any emergency, these twitter account owners can send direct information through text messages to registered users.
Here is the list of numbers of 16 participants of this initiative:
@NarendraModi, Personal account of Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi – 011 3006 3006
@PMOIndia, Official account of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi – 011 3006 3007
@adgpi, Official account of Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of Ministry of Defence – 011 3049 6116
@RailMinIndia, Official account of the Ministry of Railways – 011 3049 6222
@anandibenpatel, Personal account of Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat – 011 3049 6050
@CMofKarnataka, Official account for the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah – 011 3049 4737
@CPBLR, Official account for Mr. M N Reddi, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City – 011 3049 5141
@BlrCityPolice, Official account for Bengaluru City Police – 011 3049 5242
@blrcitytraffic, Official account for Bengaluru City Traffic Police – 011 3049 5464
@ncbn, Personal account of N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh – 011 3049 5767
@TelanganaCMO, Official account of Chief Minister of Telangana, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao – 011 3049 5868
@YadavAkhilesh, Personal account of Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh – 011 3008 3380
@UPGovt , Official account for the Government of Uttar Pradesh – 011 3049 6353
@NitishKumarJDU, Personal account of Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar – 011 3008 2828
@MamataOfficial, Personal account of Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister, West Bengal – 011 3008 3333
@MeaIndia, Official account of Ministry of External Affairs, India, Syed Akbaruddin – 011 3049 5969
So what are you waiting for? Pick up that phone and launch yourself on the information highway today!