Despite the fact that Twitter was despised (and still is) by many people when it first came out, it has actually managed to become pretty useful. There are countless different Twitter applications and websites available which allow Twitter users to add more functionality to the service.

One such website is called Track This and it allows you to track your packages over Twitter. If you check Twitter pretty regularly, this will be the perfect way to keep track of your packages. The best part is that you initiate the tracking right from Twitter, so everything is done without needing to visit other sites.

Here are the steps you need to take to start following your packages via TrackThis:

  1. Go to Twitter and follow “trackthis.
  2. “trackthis” will immediately follow you back.
  3. Send a direct message, not a reply, to TrackThis with your FedEx, UPS, USPS, or DHL tracking number in it. You can also include a little note about what the package is for.

Example: You just bought RAM for your computer and it’s being delivered via UPS. You start following “trackthis” and then “trackthis immediately follows you back. Then you send a direct message to them with the UPS tracking number in it, something like: 1234567890 RAM.

Now any time the location of the package is updated, you’ll receive an update that would look something like this:

trackthis example update.png

This just proves that there is more to Twitter than the social/stalking aspect.

Source: jkOnTheRun