How to Use Facebook & Twitter Without Internet- Great for Emergencies!


With Hurricane Sandy brewing, much of the Eastern US will be without power, and the internet.  Thanks to Mashable, here are instructions on how to set up your mobile phone to post on your social networks.

How can you still post on Facebook and Twitter to let your friends and family know that everything is fine? Or ask for help?

You can use good-old text messages.

To tweet, first you need to enable your mobile phone on, so do it now while you can. Go to your Twitter homepage, then to “Settings” and then “Mobile.” Insert your cellphone number under “Activate Twitter text messaging,” and then you’ll have to text “GO” to the number 40404.twitter iphone

Once you’ve done that, you should receive a text message telling you that your phone is now activated. You should also see new settings on the webpage that allow you to enable or disable text notifications.

Now, to tweet, just write a text and send it to 40404.

To find out more about how to use other Twitter functionalities without an Internet connection, check Twitter’s official guide.


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If you prefer Facebook... you can access it with texting too!

You can update your status via SMS as well and the social network also gives you the ability to subscribe to your friends’ updates and even use Facebook chat. Again, to access these functionalities, you first need to link your mobile phone to your Facebook account.

Log into and go to your “Account Settings,” which you can find under the arrow next to your name on the top bar. Then go to “Mobile,” introduce your number and click on “Activate Text Messaging.” You’ll have to select your country and your carrier. Once you’ve done that, follow the instructions on the screen and text the letter “F” to the number 32665.

Finally, you will receive a confirmation number on your phone. Insert that number on the page. You should then receive a text message that will confirm that your phone is activated.

Now, to update your status, you simply have to write it in a text and send it to 32665.





Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

California Lifestyle Realty  California Lifestyle Realty                                               



Comment balloon 42 commentsKathy Schowe • October 29 2012 07:29PM


Kathy, I never realized you could do all this.  Thank you so much sharing.  Luckily I am not on the east coast, but I am praying for everyone affected by Sandy.

Posted by Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan) over 6 years ago
Kathy ~> being mobile is where it's at! We recommend conserving your batteries on your phone for emergencies too!
Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

Christine,  I hope you are safe... keep us posted!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Kathy - You are always on the cutting edge of technology.  These are great tips on how to keep in touch even if you don't have the internet.  This could be a way to send a message out for help if find yourself in trouble.  Lots of great uses for this.  This is a post everyone needs to read!  SUGGESTED

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Mobile Technology is incredible... thanks for the great advice!

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Great tips for staying in contact Kathy, I'm sure many can use this information.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago

We are not without power in Central VA so this has not been an issue; however, I'm interested in using my phone MORE for this type of marketing...this is a great blog and getting these applications are EASY!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

That is great info to know.  I just came across this on Wallace's reblog and I'm suggesting so others can see - at least for next time.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Kathy, great information. I'm in Baltimore, MD, and we fared OK, many with damage and loss of power -- our shoreline got decimated, though.

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 6 years ago

Hope all of your are safe on the east coast!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Kathy - great information. I am sure this resource will help lots of folks who have been impacted by hurricane Sandy. I personally just set the system on my own never knows being we live in the earthquake side of the country.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 6 years ago

Terrific and useful information. Hope you are weathering the storm well. 

Posted by Rebecca Lee McAnallen, Big city experience, small town service (RGS Title, LLC ) over 6 years ago


    Good info.  I'm looking at new smartphones now and will keep this handy.


Posted by John J. Woods (Aardvark Appraisals) over 6 years ago

Kathy - this is good information for everyone.  During the last major hurricane in Houston I kept in touch with my family via text messages.  And my brother was able to text me to find out where the storms were moving.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

This is really great info and very pertinent.  I'm sure this will help a lot of folks out there right now.

Posted by Shane Barker (Amerifirst Financial, INC.) over 6 years ago

Thank you for your comments- Hope this will help us be better prepared for the next time!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Great post! I went and did it all thanks Kathy!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

Very good information, Kathy.  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 6 years ago

I saw this posted elsewhere on the web a couple days ago and posted it to my community group on Facebook. Nobody knew you could do this, but it just goes to show that you learn something new every day!

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 6 years ago

Cool! I need to do that in case of a future emergency, is no other use Thanks!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) over 6 years ago

That's smart Kathy. I turned all that off - was getting too many txt notifications... but for this, I would want it on.

Posted by Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales (Real Estate Places) over 6 years ago

Kathy, thanks for the reminder that we can still communicate even when our internet it out to our online family :) Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 6 years ago
I have been using Facebook and twitter app to post but this info is also useful for quick posting. Thank you!
Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 6 years ago

This is one really good post, Kathy. I can see where almost everyone might need this information. We here in Jacksonville Beach, Fl do have some pretty bad weather occasionally. I am bookmarking it and suggesting it, too.

Posted by Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery (Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL ) over 6 years ago

Good tips.  Every family needs to be prepared for emergency communications.  

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy the celebrations and be sure to have your camera ready for the special moments.

Busy Bee at Brookside Gardens

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing Twitter Tricks...

Posted by Bruce McCallum, Homes In Victoria BC (DFH Real Estate, Victoria, BC 800-668-2272) over 6 years ago

Kathy, great information. Thanks so much for sharing. Like the big power outage we had in Southern California last year, you never know when you this might come in very handy.

Posted by Suzi Sandore, North County San Diego Homes (RealtyONEGroup) over 6 years ago

Good information to know. Thanks for sharing!   Now go bake a pumpkin pie and make some chili for tonight, LOL!

Happy Halloween!!

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) over 6 years ago

Hi Kathy good suggestion.  Our iPhone has apps for each already.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 6 years ago

My Japanese son managed to tweet 4 words onto his facebook page 3/11/2011 to tell his family here that everyone was OK after the tsunami.  I was so grateful that he knew how to do this. I was sure it would be days before I could get a message from him in Japan. Thank you for telling us the steps.

Posted by Dana Cottingame (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Hi Kathy,

Congrats on the featured blog. This is all good information as being able to send meesages during any emergency is important as what happened on the Esat Coast the last few days. I have personally have Facebook on my phone but not Twitter. I will have to add later today. Thanks for the tips..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Thank you Kathy for the wonderful tips.  Happy Halloween.

Posted by Amada Slade (Island Realty of the Lowcountry) over 6 years ago

Awesome info Kathy! This could be life saving, no matter where you're at, and with our earthquakes and fires here in So Cal, you just never know when it might come in handy!

Thank you so much and Happy Halloween!


Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) over 6 years ago

Thanks Kathy, these shortcuts for posting may also be useful in other busy times for keeping statuses up to date.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago

Excellent advice. thanks!

Posted by Francine Kianoff, REALTOR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Great information.  That is good way to stay connected wih loved one's and to keep them updated.

Posted by Rob Renk, AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors (Center Street Lending) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the technical information! Much appreciated.

Posted by Anonymous over 6 years ago

That's really awsome. Thanks for sharing this great and informative post.

Posted by Rana Adeel over 6 years ago

Thank you for the information it is truly important for all of us.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 6 years ago

Excellent tip for those instances when Mother Nature is upset. Heading over to set up my mobile FB and Twitter.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 6 years ago
Good information to have. I need to go set this up right now.
Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 6 years ago

A big thank you for your blog. Fantastic.

Posted by Candelaria Blough about 4 years ago