Twitter Samvad: Get Updates Directly From PM Modi & 16 Govt. Offices Instantly On SMS
Imagine a major breakthrough which Indian scientists achieve and PM Modi sending you a SMS to announce the good news. No, its not a fantasy anymore as it has become a reality.
In another major Digital India push, Government of India has teamed up with Twitter to create a SMS alert service wherein Tweets by PM Modi and 16 other high level Govt. officials such as CMs would be directly shared with you via SMS alerts.
Powered by Zipdial, which Twitter had recently acquired (also their 1st Indian acquisition), this is the first instance of a Government tie-up with a 3rd party social network to send SMS directly to the citizens.
PM Modi kicked off this new initiative by this Tweet:
We tried this service for connecting with PM Modi, and gave a missed call to 011-30063006. Instantly we received the welcome SMS from PM Modi, and the last Tweet which he sent to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo:
Besides connecting with PM Modi’s official Twitter handle, Indian citizens can connect with the official Twitter handles of PMO Office, CM of Gujarat, Karnataka, UP, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Commissioner of Police in Bangalore, Traffic Police of Bangalore, Ministry of Defense and more. Here are all the phone numbers where you need to give a missed to connect with them:
|Twitter Account||Details of the Account||Missed Call to Phone Number|
|@NarendraModi||Personal Account of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi||011 3006 3006|
|@PMOIndia||Official Account of Prime Minister’s Office||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 Ministry of Railways||011 3049 6222|
|@anandibenpatel||Official account of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandi Ben Patel||011 3049 6050|
|@CMofKarnaraka||Official account of Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah||011 3049 3747|
|@CPBLR||Official account of Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City||011 3049 5141|
|@BlrCityPolice||Official account of Bangalore City Police||011 3049 5242|
|@blrcitytraffic||Official account of Bangalore City Traffic Police||011 3049 5464|
|@ncbn||Personal Account of N Chandrababu Naidu||011 3049 5767|
|@TelanganaCMO||Official Account of CM of Telangana||011 3049 5868|
|@YadavAkhilesh||Personal account of Akhilesh Yadav, CM of Uttar Pradesh||011 3008 3380|
|@UPGovt||Official account of Government of Uttar Pradesh||011 3049 6353|
|@NitishKumarJDU||Personal account of Nitish Kumar, CM of Bihar||011 3008 2828|
|@mamataOfficial||Personal account of Mamata Banerjee, CM of West Bengal||011 3008 3333|
|@MeaIndia||Official Account of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, India, Syed Akbaruddin||011 3049 5969|
Earlier, Shahrukh Khan had used Zipdial’s missed call platform to connect with his fans. He had advertised a phone number where his fans need to give a missed call, and all his Tweets would appear as SMS on that number. Even Gillette had run such a similar campaign on Facebook platform, using Zipdial platform.
But after Twitter’s acquisition of Zipdial, this is their first major campaign, and definitely a first for any Indian politician to broadcast Tweets using SMS service.
This new initiative can also be described as a bridge between smartphone features and feature phone users, as those who cannot afford smartphone or use Twitter can now access PM Modi’s tweets and know more about the things which Government is doing.
Last year, PM Modi kicked off the Digital India vision with allocation of Rs 1 lakh crore, which had a goal of 9 key important tasks including spreading broadband to each and every corner of India. One of the major successes was providing 100% Internet connectivity to all 32 gram panchayats at a tribal taluka in Gujarat.
Earlier this year, one of the biggest news of Digital India vision was providing free WiFi access at 2500 cities all over India, which had a budget allocation of Rs 7000 crore. First ever Internet of Things document has already been released by the Govt. and Indian Army will soon be on Cloud.
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