How to Get a Text Message On My Phone, when a Real Time Trade is Posted

How to Get a Text Message On My Phone, when a Real Time Trade is Posted

If you’re really, really internet savvy, there are actually several ways.  But the most straightforward is via Twitter.

Since all posts made here on TheHappyQuant, are also immediately also posted on Twitter, it’s straightforward to make use of Twitter’s powerful and really fast infrastructure, to push TheHappyQuant’s posts directly to your phone.   I’ve done a fair bit of testing, and using Twitter appears to be both the easiest method to set up, and the fastest.

These instructions (and screenshots) are based on the desktop Twitter application, but the same basic steps could be used from your mobile device.

First, if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create a Twitter account.

Then, you’ll need to follow TheHappyQuant.  Find the “Search Twitter” form, and type in TheHappyQuant:



Find a tweet of mine, and click on “Andy” or my smiling face:



And click on the Follow button.  Boom, you’re following us.

Navigate back to your Home page via:



Click on your profile picture, to get this drop-down:



then select “Settings and privacy.”   Select “Mobile,” and add your cell phone #. There might be a step here, where you have to receive a text from Twitter, and confirm things with a code they sent you.  Check the box for “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications,” and save your changes.



If it’s not already installed, install the Twitter app on the device on which you want to receive the texts (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.)

Navigate back to your Home page, then click “Following,” then from the list of people you’re following, find & click my ugly mug.  Then to the right of the Following box click on the three vertical dots, to get a pull down menu:



And select “Turn on mobile notifications.”

Boom, you’re done.  Next time a post is made to TheHappyQuant, you’ll get a text on your mobile device.

If you’re new to Twitter, you might want to explore some of the other settings, in case the app is too chatty for you.  You can turn off various types of messages it sends you.

Happy Trading!

– Andy

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