Twitter SMS Commands – Commands for Sending Tweets via SMS

You can perform certain actions, like following a user or marking a friend’s update as a favorite, by using the designated Twitter commands below.

  • TIP: When using these commands, do not append an @ symbol along with the command text.
  • If you send these commands with an @ symbol, 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.
  • OFFSTOPQUITENDCANCEL 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]: allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: FOLLOW jerry, or f jerry, for short.
  • UNFOLLOW [username]: allows you to stop following a specific user.
  • LEAVE [username]: this command allows you to stop receiving SMS notifications for a specific user without having to unfollow them. When you log into from the web you will still see this user’s updates in your timeline. Example: LEAVE benfu, or l benfu, for short.

Fun stuff: friends, favorites, and stats!
Use the commands below to send direct messages, mark Tweets as favorites, and more.

  • @[username] + message – shows your Tweet as a reply directed at another person, and causes your Tweet to save in their mentions tab. Example: @meangrape I love that song too!
  • D [username] + message – sends that person a Direct Message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
    • You can also use M [username] + message to send a private message!
    • Examples: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there? or m krissy wanna pick up a Jamba Juice for me while you’re there? performs the same action.
  • RT [username] – sends that user’s latest Tweet to your followers (also known as a Retweet). Example: RT Charles
  • SET LOCATION [place name] – updates the location field in your profile. Example: set location San Francisco
  • SET BIO – edits your Bio information on your Twitter profile. Example: set bio I’m a writer in NYC!
  • SET LANGUAGE [language name] – selects the language you’d like to receive notifications in. Example: set language German
  • SET NAME [name here] – sets the name field on your Twitter profile. Example: set name Jane Doe
  • SET URL [url here] – sets the URL field on your profile. Example: set url
  • WHOIS [username] – retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter. Example:whois jack or w jack, for short.
  • GET [username] – retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by that person. You can also use g [username] to get a user’s latest Tweet. Examples: get goldman or g goldman.
  • FAV [username] – marks that user’s last Tweet as one of your favorites (reply to any update withFAVFAVE, or FAVORITE to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time). Examples: fav crystalfave crystal, or favorite crystal
  • STATS [username] – this command returns the given user’s number of followers, how many people they’re following, and their bio information.
  • HELP – texting help or info to Twitter will bring up helpful tips.
  • SUGGEST – this command returns a listing of Twitter users’ accounts we think you might enjoy following.

A few notes on SMS commands:

  • 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.
    • Use UNFOLLOW [username] to unfollow a user via SMS.
    • Use BLOCK [username] to block a user 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.
  • You don’t have to use ON/OFF [username] from your phone, you can also set individual notifications from a person’s profile page on the web, or check your following page and manage all phone notification settings there. [source]


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