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Siri was updated with quite a few new features in iOS 6. If you have a Siri supported device, you now have the ability to tweet using the built-in personal assistant.
You can tweet with Siri by saying things like, “Tweet I love the weekend.” Siri will then update your Twitter status with any message after the word “tweet,” but that’s not where the Twitter integration ends.
There’s a hidden feature in iOS 6 that allows you to send tweets to your contacts using Siri. The process is simple, but there’s a few steps in order to set up this feature.
If you’d like to tweet your contacts with Siri, watch the video or follow the steps below:
Note: In my testing, I discovered that this process only works when using iCloud to sync your contacts.
Step 1: Open the Phone or Contacts app, then navigate to a contact that you’d like to set up with Siri’s Twitter integration.
Step 2: Tap on the “Edit” button in the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom on the screen and tap on the plus sign next to the “add field” box. Next, tap on the “Twitter” box in the list.
Step 4: Enter your contact’s Twitter handle, then tap on “Done” in the top right corner.
Your contact is now set up to use Siri’s Twitter integration. If you’d like to send a tweet to this contact with Siri, there’s a special way to format your command. If I wanted to tweet my friend David I would say, “Tweet David message hey what’s up?”
You must include the word “message” to help Siri differentiate your contact’s name from the actual tweet. Check out the above video for a detailed overview of this process.
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