Google+ has introduced a new feature exclusively to Indian users. Indian Google+ users can send and receive messages from Huddle or share content in the stream via SMS or text messages. For enabling this feature, you will have to initially add your phone number in Google+ settings. Indian users can upste their stream by texting a message to 9222222222.
- [advt]SMS shortcuts are currently only supported in English.
- Google+’s SMS features are available on most SMS-compatible devices.
- SMS Huddle is only available in the U.S. and India.
- SMS posting is only available in India at this time.
Standard message and data rates from your carrier may apply.
Text HELP to receive additional information about the service and SMS commands.
Enabling the service
To update Google+ through text messages, you will have to initially add your phone number in Google+ settings, following which Google will text you a verification code which has to be added in the Google+ settings. Optionally, you can also add a security PIN for extra security and avoid spoofing of text messages.
You can also modify the notification settings so that you can be notified by any specific activities on Google+ such as mentioning your name, commenting on your post, adding you to a circle, tagging you in a photo and more.
While these notifications are also available to US users, Indian users get the additional benefit of being able to post into their Google+ stream by texting a message to 9222222222 at no extra cost. This update will be visible to all your circles by default and you will be charged as per the standard message rates from your carrier.
You can also have better control of your posts by sharing them with only specific people or circles, by using a few short codes which can be appended to your text messages:
- @[circle name]: To share with a specific circle, append your post with @[circle name]. For example: “Will see you at the game @soccerfolks”.
- @extended: To share with everyone in your extended circles , append your post with @extended. For example: “Any SF restaurant recommendations? @extended”.
- @public: To share your post publicly, append your post with @public. Public posts are viewable by anyone on the web. For example: “Any SF restaurant recommendations? @public”.
- @[email address]: To share your post with a specific person, append your post with @[email address]. For example, “In SF for the week @[email protected]” will be visible to [email protected][source]