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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.

Please note : When using these commands, do not append an @ along with it. For example, if you want to turn on device notifications send only ON and not @ON. If you send these commands with an @, your commands will be read as a username and will not be executed as expected!

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
  • LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop receiving SMS notifications for a specific user. Example: LEAVE benfu

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.
    Example: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you're there?
  • FAV username
Favorite a Tweet: marks a person's last twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in your "Favorites" tab.
  • RT username
  • Retweet: sends another user's latest Tweet to your followers.
  • 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

  • GET username
  • Retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person. Example: get goldman

  • FAV username
  • Marks that user's last Tweet as one of your favorites. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you're receiving it in real time)
    Example: fav crystal
  • This command returns your number of followers, how many people you're following, and your bio information.

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: Follow = On. And Leave = Off.
  • 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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