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Twitter SMS Commands

I use the SMS feature for Twitter a lot because I don’t have a data plan on my cell phone. Recently I discovered a list of Twitter text commands that you can send to Twitter by SMS that will allow you to use many of the features of the website.

The most useful Twitter SMS commands include:

turns ALL SMS notifications on
turns ALL SMS notifications off.
stops all SMS messages immediately. CAUTION: when I used this command recently it disconnected the pairing between my cell phone and twitter account. I couldn’t reconnect until I went back to the website. This seems to be a very powerful twitter SMS command.
ON username
turns on SMS notifications for a specific person. For example, ON dizzySEO
OFF username
turns off SMS notifications for a specific person. Using on/off username from SMS only stops notifications to the place the command comes from; you’ll still collect a person’s updates 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, or check your following page and manage all phone notification settings there. For example, OFF NC_SEO
FOLLOW username
this command allows you to start receiving notifications for a specific person by SMS. Following someone from a phone for the first time will also cause you to follow them on the web. Example: follow dizzySEO
LEAVE username
this command allows you to stop receiving notifications for a specific person by SMS. Using follow/leave username by SMS is the same as using on/off username. There is no way to stop following a person on the web without visiting their profile and removing them. The off, leave, stop, and quit commands will only disable updates for the device(s) from which they were sent. Example: leave davidkyle
@ username + message
directs a twitter at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their “replies” tab. Example: @dizzySEO your Twitter SMS command post was really helpful http://is.gd/q7NO
D username + message
sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive. Example: d dizzySEO your Twitter SMS program ROCKS!
WHOIS username
retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter. Example: whois dizzySEO
GET username
retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person. Example: get dizzySEO
NUDGE username
reminds a friend to update by asking what they’re doing on your behalf. Example: nudge dizzySEO
FAV username
marks a person’s last twitter as a favorite. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you’re receiving it in real time) Example: fav dizzySEO
this command returns your number of followers, how many people you’re following.

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