Posting to Facebook using Notification Center Feature on iPhone 5 and Using Siri: The Smart Way
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Until now, users could use their Smartphones to post to Facebook and Twitter using dedicated apps that were available for download. However, with the new iPhone 5, you can post to Facebook without having to download the app. Instead, you can use the notification center feature to post to Facebook. How this works is something like this: Update your Facebook account settings in the iPhone 5 settings tab and save the details. This can be done by scrolling to the settings feature from the home screen and tapping on the options to enter Facebook account details. Now that you have added the Facebook account settings, you are now ready to post to FB.
Now, whenever you need to post to FB, you can hold your thumb or finger on the top of the screen and do a downward swipe to access the notification center. You will see an option called “Tap to Post”. By tapping inside this option, you can type your update or the status that you wanted to be displayed on FB and press send. This will update your Facebook page with whatever status or message that you want to be displayed. Neat! Isn’t it? Apple has certainly hit the ball out of the park with its notification center feature and if numbers are anything to go by, more than half of iPhone 5 users are using this feature to update their Facebook accounts.
Next, if you want to use Siri (the virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence), you need to remember that Siri per se does not give you the ability to post to FB. If you ask Siri, it would respond that it cannot post or tweet for you. Instead, you have a workaround that lets you post to Facebook using Siri. Here are the steps needed for you to post to FB using Siri.
First, you need to setup Facebook with text messaging. Before we proceed, be aware that you need to use SMS to post to FB using Siri, and hence associated costs with SMS services as they apply to your mobile provider would be charged. Now, SMS “hello” to 32665. This code works in the US and Canada only and you need to check the applicable code for your country. After you have successfully sent the SMS, you would get an automated reply which once clicked would complete the setup for you. You would get a short code in the reply, which you can use to enter into your address book. Once you have done that you can add the contact, name your Facebook account, and complete the process. With this, you are all set to update your FB with Siri.
If you want to post to FB, just say “Send a Text to Facebook” followed by your status update and Siri would do it for you. The important thing to remember here is that Siri is actually sending an SMS to your Facebook account (contact in your address book) and since it is configured to be your contact, it is essentially similar to sending an SMS to your contacts.
Before closing out, let us remind you that these features described here remove the extra layer associated with the apps and make them redundant. After you setup the notification centre or add Facebook as your contact, the steps to post to FB are direct and without any intermediary. This is the beauty of using the notification center and Siri to post to FB. Try this out on your iPhones and let us know if it works.