Post to Twitter and Facebook with Siri

Feb 18, 2013 - 6 Comments

You can post status updates and tweets to Facebook and Twitter by using nothing more than Siri. Why this may seem like a mere novelty at first, it’s actually extremely useful for situations where you’re occupied or can’t fiddle much with an iPhone, like when driving or running. Because you can summon Siri from the ear phones that come with all iOS devices, this lets you post to your social accounts hands free.

Posting from Siri to Twitter or Siri to Facebook

Before being able to post status updates to either social service, you’ll have to add or configure the appropriate accounts to iOS first. Once this is done, you’ll have access to Twitter and Facebook from Siri, and also from Notification Center.

Adding Twitter & Facebook Accounts to iOS

  • Open Settings then go to “Twitter” or “Facebook”
  • Enter the username/email address and password information for the appropriate service, then tap “Sign In” to verify the account

Twitter and Facebook settings in iOS

Once you have the accounts configured, posting messages and sending tweets to either service is simple.

Posting to Twitter

  • “Post to Twitter [message]“
  • “Tweet [your message]“

Siri will dictate the message and display it back to you, so you can be sure everything is correct, then ask if you want to post. Just responding “OK” is enough, or you can tap on the “Send” button.

Posting to Twitter from Siri

Do note that if you have multiple Twitter accounts added and enabled within iOS settings, Siri will default to whichever Twitter account is currently set as active in the official Twitter app.

Posting to Facebook

  • “Post to Facebook [status update]“
  • “Write on my Facebook wall [some message]“
  • “Write on my wall [message]“

Siri will ask if you are ready to post the message, showing it to you beforehand.

Both Facebook and Twitter can access your location data if you ask them to through Siri, and assuming you have them allowed in your Location settings. If you don’t have Twitter and/or Facebook configured properly in iOS, you will end up with a message that says something like the following:

“I can’t do that… you haven’t set up your Facebook account yet.”

Post to facebook with Siri

Or if you have set it up and changed the password, or not stored the password in iOS, you may get a response like this instead:

“Oops, your Twitter password might be incorrect. Please check it in Twitter settings”

In either case, Siri will provide a button to launch directly into the appropriate settings where you can either add an account or adjust login information as necessary.

Want some more ideas? You’ll find similar social example commands and many more in the enormous list of Siri commands that you can retrieve directly from Siri. If you find that giant list overwhelming and would rather have some more concrete example of how Siri can make your life easier, don’t miss this list of genuinely useful things it can do.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

6 Comments

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  1. Zack says:

    I should note that Siri seems to default to posting to Facebook publically, which may not be what you want. I’m not sure if it’s possible to change this?

  2. MacLuvr says:

    Where are the O$x stories? This site is more about the crummy iO$ than anything anymore.

    • Paul says:

      Right above and below this one, go to the home page and you should see quite a few. Keep in mind iOS is OS X just stripped down with a different face :)

  3. parker says:

    if you can’t wait until you’ve finished driving or running before you post/tweet your urgent thought to the world i suggest you might have a problem

  4. Fred says:

    If you do use the earbuds to do it hands free, you still have to pull the phone out of your pocket to read the message that Siri displays to check that it got it correctly. So you might as well just pull the phone out and type it.

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