Must Know Twitter Commands

Here, directly from the Twitter site, are Twitter Commands everyone should know.

Look at the whole Twitter help site here.

Link via @TweetSmarter

Did you know you can perform certain actions, like following or marking a friend’s update as a favorite, by using the designated Twitter commands? 

  • Use the commands listed below from your phone, the web update box, or your favorite third party application.
  • Tip: When using these commands, do not append an @ along with it.
  • If you send these commands with an @, your commands will be read as a username and will not be executed as expected!
  • Example: if you want to turn on device notifications send only ON and not @ON.

Turning Mobile Twitter Updates Off and On

  • ON: turns ALL your authorized Twitter updates and notifications on.
  • OFF: turns off all updates except direct messages. Send STOP again to turn off direct messages too.
  • STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe: turns ALL phone notifications off.
  • ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: ON alissa
  • OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. Example: OFF blaine
  • FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: FOLLOW jerry, or f jerry for short.
  • LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop receiving SMS notifications for a specific user. Example: LEAVE benfu, or l benfu for short.

Fun Stuff: friends, favorites, and stats!

Use the commands below to send private messages, favorite Tweets, and more.
  • @username + message
  • Reply: shows your Tweet as a reply directed at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their “replies” tab.
    Example: @meangrape I love that song too!

  • D username + message
  • Direct Message: sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
    You can also use M username + message to send a private message now!
    Examples: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there?, m krissy wanna pick up a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there?

  • RT username
  • Retweet: sends another user’s latest Tweet to your followers.
    Example: RT Charles

  • SET LOCATION placename
  • Updates the location field in your profile.
    Example: set location San Francisco

  • WHOIS username
  • Retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter.
    Example: whois jack, w jack for short.

  • GET username
  • Retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person.
    You can also use g username to get a user’s latest Tweet.
    Examples: get goldman, g goldman

  • FAV username
  • Marks that user’s last Tweet as one of your favorites. (reply to any update with FAV, FAVE, or FAVOURITE to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time)
    Examples: fav crystal, fave crystal, favourite crystal

  • STATS
  • This command returns your number of followers, how many people you’re following, and your bio information.

  • HELP
  • Texting helpinfo, or aide to Twitter will bring up helpful tips.

Noteworthy Facts

  • Using on/off username from your phone only stops notifications coming to your mobile phone; you’ll still collect a person’s updates on the web since you’re still following them. There is no way to unfollow someone or block someone via SMS.
  • The following commands perform the same actions: FollowOn. And LeaveOff.
  • Following someone from a phone for the first time will also cause you to follow them on the web.
  • There is no way to stop following a person without visiting their web profile and removing them. The off, leave, stop, and quit commands will only disable mobile updates from that user.
  • You don’t have to use on/off username from the phone, you can also set individual notifcations from a person’s profile page on the web, or check your following page and manage all phone notification settings there.
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