Twitter will soon make its way to emerging markets on phones that don’t even have access to the Internet. It might seem bizarre, considering that Twitter is such a massively connected social network, but it’s also very important for providing news to folks who might not have other ways to get it.
The company is partnering with another firm named U2opia Mobile, which will allow a user on a standard cell phone to dial a short code that will, in turn, respond back with a Twitter feed. According to Reuters, that feed will be populated with trending topics. If a user were to access the trending topics on Twitter now, for example, he or she would find that Nelson Mandela passed away and that Robinson Cano is heading to the mariners. Obviously some trending topics are more important than others.
U2opia’s service for providing content on phones without data connections, called Fonetwish, is already available in 30 countries where it provides access to Google Talk and Facebook, Reuters said.