There are times when it’s useful to identify the relationship between yourself and some of your contacts, eg to identify and label your spouse in your contact list, this could be useful in an emergency situation and it can prove to useful to instruct Siri to issue a voice command to a specific relation.
Eg “Tell my Wife I have left work” will send a text message to the contact you have assigned as your Spouse. This is quite an easy task to perform although the options aren’t always visable.
To Assign a Relationship to a Contact on the iPhone:
1) Firstly make sure that there is a contact created for yourself, including your email address, iPhone phone number etc.
2) Edit your contact and click on the add field option
3) Choose the related People Option and the relationship option should appear, it defaults to spouse but you can change the relationship option by selecting the relationship description
4) Press the blue arrow to the right of the contact field and choose the contact details of the person you want to assign with a relationship.
You have now assigned a relationship to your contact
Siri is the clever new Voice Recognition tool which is integrated into iOS5 on the iPhone 4S. Siri can understand many voice activated command and is a valuable time-saving tool but currently it is unable to send Tweets on your behalf.
If you try you get the following Error Message:
However there is a work around which allows you to send messages to Twitter with Siri Voice Commands by using the Twitter SMS interface, but first you need to configure your Twitter account to work with SMS messages.
To Configure Twitter to Allow Tweeting using SMS:
- Go to Twitter.com and sign in using your Twitter account.
- Go to http://twitter.com/#!/download and click on the Use via SMS button
- Enter you details into the information box
- Twitter will now ask you to send an SMS message to phone number this will complete the set up. (make sure you read all of Twitters T&C’s and cost details)
- Twitter will now give you a SMS short code to send messages to.
- Create a new contact on your iPhone called Twitter and enter the Twitter SMS short code into the mobile phone number field
- If you don’t want to receive Twitter updates over SMS text Stop to the Twitter number
Your account is now ready for SMS tweets.
To send a Tweet using Siri
- Activate Siri by holding down the home button.
- Say the following commands “Text Twitter”. Siri will now check your Contact list for the Twitter contact.
- Dictate your message and say send.
Siri will now send your message to Twitter