How to setup Eruv Notifications via Twitter
Many people don't like Twitter. It doesn't have a great reputation as a social platform, and it can be noisy and loathsome. However, Twitter just ends up being the perfect platform for eruv notifications.
Twitter was originally designed as a texting platform much like the one that have come with cell phones since the 1990s. However, instead of you specifying who you're texting, those who want to receive your texts subscribe to them. This means we can say something like The eruv is up, and everyone instantly receives it.
You can setup a notification service on your smart phone, so that when an update comes from the eruv Twitter account, you immediately get that text without even having to open your Twitter app on your phone.
The following are directions on the iPhone, and Android phone should be fairly similar in their setup.
Download the Twitter app on your phone and Setup an account
If you don't already have a Twitter account or the app on your phone, go ahead and sign up. When you setup your account, Twitter will suggest who you should follow. Ignore those suggestions. Just press on the Search icon and type in @hp_eruv.
Subscribe to the HPERUV account
Once you find the account, you'll see the latest updates. Click on the follow button. Then, after you've done that, click on the Alert button next to it. A little dialog box will popup and ask you what you want to get alerts on. Select AlL Tweets.
Setup your account's notification
Once you've setup that you want to be notified upon all tweets from @hperuv, you need to tell Twitter how your Twitter account should handle these notifications. Go back to your Twitter Home Page. On the iPhone, you press the back arrow that's in the upper left corner. On Android, you may need to press the Back Button.
Now, you need to get to your settings. This is done on the iPhone and the iPad by clicking on your avatar in the upper left corner.
Now, go to Settings and privacy. (Note in the image below I'm following just one person, that's the @hperuv account. The 17 followers are robot accounts that follow everyone.)
Now go into Notifications, and then Push Notifications. Note that I have almost everything turned off. Turn everything off, Mentions and Replies, Retweets, Likes, etc. You don't want to see any of it. Now, go into Tweets which should say you're following just one person.
Make sure Tweets is turned on.
One more thing...
Apple takes privacy very, very seriously and by default, the iPhone and iPad don't allow apps to do things unless you grant them permission. It's very possible that although you told Twitter it's okay to send you notifications on your iPhone, your iPhone might disagree.
The next thing you need to do is to tell your iPhone that Twitter can notify you when it gets an alert.
Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad, and look for Notifications. Then find Twitter and click on that.
Once you are in the Twitter Notification setup, you can choose how you want to be notified. Make sure Allow Notifications is set. After that, it's your choice. I recommend selecting everything, and then either choose Banners or Alerts. Banners stay on the screen until you clear them. Alerts show up a brief few seconds and disappear. The rest is up to you.
Now, you'll never have to go into Twitter again. When an Eruv update happens, you'll get it right on your phone.