How to get SMS notifications for new Tweets in 2024

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I’ve been on the hunt for a way to get new tweets from a specific user account sent directly to my phone via SMS for a while now. Pretty much since Twitter (or X 🙄) changed its API policies and essentially cut off access to most third-party apps. Ugh.

This has been a major pain for people who rely on third-party apps for many integrations and automations. And of course one of the affected functionalities is the ability to get SMS notifications when a specific user tweets through automation tools like Zapier.

Personally, I’ve been looking for a way to get new tweets from @secretglasto sent via SMS, so that I can get the most reliable Glastonbury Festival secret set tips straight to my phone. Even when I’m a few pints deep in a sea of phones, with no chance of connecting to the internet to check their account.

In the past, I used Zapier’s Twitter integration for a seamless system to get SMS notification every time @secretglasto tweeted, but since daddy Elon hates us and doesn’t seem to actually want us to use Twitter at all… Zapier’s Twitter integration no longer works and my zaps were broken.

I’ve searched high and low for the best free Zapier Twitter integration alternative and this tutorial will walk you through how to get new Tweets as SMS notifications in 2024 using RSS.app and Zapier. There are very few options these days, so this is not a perfect solution and it does involve signing-up for a free trial of RSS.app but by the end of this guide, you’ll be back on track with real-time tweet notifications sent straight to your phone… at the very least for the duration of Glastonbury Festival.

What you need to get started

  1. The @ handle of the public Twitter account you want to receive notifications for
  2. A free trial (no card details required) or account on RSS.app
  3. A free account on Zapier
  4. A phone number to receive SMS notifications

Step 1: Create an RSS Feed for the Twitter Account

Screenshot taken from RSS.app, showing how to generate an RSS feed for a specific Twitter account
  1. Go to RSS.app: Sign up for a free trial
    • Note for Glasto goers: RSS.app’s free trial is only 7 days long. If, like me, you want to use this method purely for Glasto, I recommend setting up your free trial on the Tuesday evening before you go. That way your free trial will last the entire weekend and your automation will work for the duration of the festival.
  2. Create a new RSS feed:
    • Click on “Create RSS Feed”.
    • Choose “Twitter” as the source.
    • Enter the Twitter handle of your chosen public account e.g. @secretglasto.
    • Click “Generate” to create the RSS feed.
    • Click “Save Feed”.
  3. Copy the RSS feed URL: Once the feed is generated, copy the provided RSS feed URL. You’ll need this for the next step.

Step 2: Set Up Zapier to Send SMS Notifications

Screenshot taken from Zapier.com homepage
  1. Sign in to Zapier: Create an account or log in to your existing account.
  2. Create a new Zap:
    • Click on “Create Zap”.
Screenshot from Zapier.com showing how to create a new Zap
  1. Set the Trigger:
    • Search for “RSS by Zapier” and select it.
    • Choose the “New Item in Feed” trigger.
    • Paste the RSS feed URL you copied from RSS.app.
    • Leave the Username and Password fields blank.
    • For “What Triggers a New Item in the Feed?” choose “Different Guid/URL (recommended)”.
    • Test the trigger and select “Continue with selected record”
Screenshot taken from Zapier.com showing how to send an SMS, triggered by an RSS feed.
  1. Set the Action:
    • Search for “SMS by Zapier” and select it.
    • Choose “Send SMS” as the action.
    • Connect your phone number to Zapier (this will require verifying your phone number). Make sure you use your country code e.g. +44.
    • Customise the SMS message:
      • You can include the tweet content by using the feed item details.
      • Example message: “New Tweet from @secretglasto: {{EntryTitle}}. Read more at {{Link}}.”
      • You only have 153 characters to play with so keep it simple.
      • Choose a ‘From Number’ (this is the number that will appear on your phone when you receive SMS notifications).
    • Test the action to ensure the SMS is sent to your phone.
    • Note for Glasto goers: If you have a paid Zapier account (or a 2-week free trial of paid features), you will be able to duplicate this step and add an SMS message for each member of your group to save them from having to create a Zap themselves. Your account can send up to 15 SMS messages per hour.
Screenshot taken from Zapier.com showing the confirmation that your Zap has been created and is live.
  1. Finish and Turn On the Zap:
    • Name your Zap something meaningful like “Twitter to SMS Notifications”.
    • Turn on the Zap.

Step 3: Testing Your Setup


  1. Post a Test Tweet: Ask the owner of the Twitter account to tweet something or wait for a new tweet.
  2. Check Your SMS: You should receive an SMS notification with the content of the new tweet.

Enjoy your SMS notifications for new Tweets

That’s it! You’ve successfully set up SMS notifications for new tweets from a specific Twitter account. And if you’ve found my tutorial helpful I’d love it if you could send me a brew to say thanks. No pressure obvs. Either way I hope to see you at Worthy Farm next week for a boogie? 😎

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