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10 great Siri tricks that iPhone owners probably don't know

Apple first introduced Siri in October 2011, inspiring widespread excitement over what the virtual assistant was capable of. Still in her beta stage, she's full of surprises – and rumored to be gearing up for an upgrade with the next iPhone. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of Siri's 10 most useful, entertaining, and underused tricks.

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By Megan Riesz

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1. Update your Facebook and Twitter statuses

On first blush, it would seem that Siri is unable to send tweets or update your Facebook status. But with a little maneuvering, she’s putty in your social-media-loving hands, making it that much easier for you to stay connected.

To get started with Twitter, text “start” to 40404 – the code varies depending on your country, so if you’re outside the US, check here for other country codes. You’ll get a response within a few seconds asking for your Twitter login. Once you’ve logged in, add 40404 as a contact in your Address Book. Name the contact entry something obvious, such as "Twitter." This way, when you tell Siri to "send a text message to Twitter," she’ll recognize it as a contact.

The same goes for Facebook. Text “hello” to 32665 (check here for other country codes). Click the link in the return message and add 32665 as a "Facebook" contact.

Once you’ve got everything set up, all you have to do is tell Siri to “send a text to Twitter” or “send a text to Facebook,” and you can update your statuses on the go. 

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