Receive Deals We Like “Act Now” Alerts via Text Message


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So every day around 6pm or so my email subscribers receive a daily email of all the blog posts for the day. Many love this, while others hate it as they miss the “Act Now” alerts. Obviously you should just be refreshing this page every minute, but I get it… not everyone is sitting at their desk all day every day just seeing what Mrs. Deals has in store.

So after some help from my Twitter followers and one particular reader, I’ve found a solution. The only caveat is that you must have twitter to do this, oh and a cell phone. If this is of interest and you do not have a twitter account, just set one up for this particular purpose and you never need to go to it again.

This is ultimately for those, “get off the toilet now and book, alerts!”

Steps to do this:

  • Step 1: Create a Twitter account if you need to
  • Step 2: Go to the Twitter Settings page for mobile devices. Select your country/region and enter your phone number. Then click the “Activate Now” button. I will never receive this information, this is all through Twitter.

  • Step 3: From your cell phone text “GO” to the number “40404” – once activated it will bring you to a new screen.

  • Step 4: Select the settings you desire for your Twitter account. If you are only looking at this mobile option to receive Tweets from me (and anyone else you so desire), I suggest only checking the “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.” You can also select the Sleep Options, but I promise, I am usually sleeping during the night. Unless some major deal, and then trust me, you’ll want to wake up for that one! Once you selected your desired options, click the “Save Changes” button.

  • Step 5: You will receive an email confirmation that is linked to your Twitter account. It will say, “Twitter has added a phone to your account.”
  • Step 6: Register to receive a text message from the individual Twitter members you desire. Text “FOLLOW XXXX” to 40404. The “XXXX” stands for the Twitter account. Now since you have no desire to get a text message every time I tweet, I created a separate Twitter account for just “Act Now Deal Alerts.” This new Twitter handle is @DWL_Alert. To receive a text message every time there is an alert text “FOLLOW DWL_Alert” to 40404.

I really hope this helps and ensures that everyone is kept up to date with all of the travel deal glitches, mistakes, limited time deals, etc. This will not be used much, but when it is, I promise it will be a great limited time deal.

Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, or maybe even positive feedback? If these directions don’t make sense, send me an email and I’ll try to help you individually.

Now let’s just hope for another mistake fare!

Standard text messaging rates apply, so keep that in mind. It all depends on the plan you have!

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marZ
8 years ago

That was relatively painless.

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  marZ

@marZ – Thanks for that feedback. Glad it worked. Think it is a good idea?

marZ
8 years ago

I think it’s a great idea. My only concern, and it’s not even really a concern, is that you now have to deal with two twitter accounts. But I don’t think any deal would be lost in the time it takes to sign out of one and into another, so I’m not worried. Keep up the good work!

Rayn
Rayn
8 years ago

Please also mention in the post that the wireless carrier may charge users for receiving text messages.

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Rayn

@Rayn – Updated with this info, Thanks.

murtuza
8 years ago

Liked the idea. Great! Do you know if any thing like this can be done for specific flyertalk or milepoint threads? Combining twitterfeed to feed the entry to a twitter handle and then getting alert via twitter as text message?

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  murtuza

@murtuza – Not sure… sorry!

mr g
mr g
8 years ago

hi wow gr8 idea

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

Awesome!
I always find out about great offers 5 minutes after they end.
Thanks for doing this!

Lori
Lori
8 years ago

Just signed up. Looking forward to jumping in on these fab deals šŸ™‚

Harold
Harold
8 years ago

Great idea. Thanks!

Jenny
Jenny
8 years ago

Cool, I’ve signed up. Thanks!

Allison
Allison
8 years ago

Done and done.

Peter
Peter
8 years ago

Can you do a test tweet?

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Peter

@Peter – Sure. I’ll wait for more to register and by the end of the week will do one.

ed
ed
8 years ago

I feel so lame…my phone (dumb phone) doesn’t have an underscore character and, if I go on the computer to “follow” you, this account is not giving me that option. Any ideas?

ed
ed
8 years ago

never mind. got it!

Abhishek Duggal
Abhishek Duggal
8 years ago

Done!

David
David
8 years ago

Brilliant idea.

W Brian Duncan (AKA IPBrian)

For those wanting text this is probable the fastest way…for other methods of delivery you might check out ifttt though admittedly slower and time is of the essence with these things.

eddy
eddy
8 years ago

thx, i hope i did not missed the israel deal again šŸ™‚
do you mind send a test tweet? I got message “has not tweeted yet”

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  eddy

@eddy – at the end of day today i’ll be sending a test tweet.

Kara
Kara
8 years ago

Thanks, this is a great idea!

worldtraveller2
worldtraveller2
8 years ago

I hope I did it right and the text alert comes to my phone tonight. thanks for the play by play

Lively
Lively
8 years ago

Haha, I just did it! I’m so behind times!

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Carrie
Carrie
8 years ago

Ditto, Lively. This is my first attempt at Twitter and I received the tweet on Costa Rica. Thanks and thumbs up to dealswelike.

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Carrie

@Carrie – You’re welcome!

Paul
Paul
8 years ago

Thanks for doing this, but it appears that Twitter text messaging not available in Thailand!!

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Richard Ryan
Richard Ryan
8 years ago

I signed up for deal texts alerts, but so far have gotten a bunch of texts about the football game, and today about dinner at Zumm Stamtisch in Queens. :-/

Jeff
Jeff
7 years ago

Thanks for doing this! Finally found a reason good enough to sign up for twitter.

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Linda Low
Linda Low
6 years ago

I went through the steps listed on 3/28/14 for text msg alerts but I’m not sure it is working for me. Should I be getting daily alerts? I do have a twitter account but I rarely go on it. I did get a text msg saying I’m now following @DWL_Alert.

dealswelike
dealswelike
6 years ago
Reply to  Linda Low

@Linda – You will not get daily alerts. You will only receive alerts for a “not to miss deal”

Paris mama
Paris mama
6 years ago

I don’t have texting included in my data plan and with my grandfathered in unlimited data I can’t change my plan without losing that. How else might I get the Act Now deals?

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