Twitter Commands That You May Not Know About

Many people use to communicate and share content, but did you know that twitter has commands which you can use to get information? Some of these commands are pretty cool and are similar to bash commands users are used to on Linux based systems.


For example Twitter has a WHOIScommand using which you can find the bio of any Twitter user. To make use of the command, just type WHOIS usernamewithout the quotes in the Twitter post box, replace username with the username you want to find information for and hit the updatebutton.


When you hit the updatebutton, you will see the information about the user as a overlay window, the message itself will not be posted to your timeline.

Other interesting commands include GET username, to view the latest tweet from a user. FAV username, to favorite the last tweet from a user. SET LOCATION placename, updates your location in your profile to the placename. STATS, displays the stats for your account, including number of followers, tweets, etc.

Interestingly Twitter also has a help page which lists out some more useful commands you can use. The commands include:

  • ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
  • OFF, STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe: turns ALL phone notifications off.
  • ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON alissa.
  • OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF blaine.
  • FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: follow jermy
  • LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop following a specific user, as well as stop receiving SMS notifications. Example: leave benfu

Twitter search also has some search operators you can use to search Twitter. For example, TO:username will display search results for tweets sent to a particular user, from:username will display tweets sent from a user and so on. Twitter search has several more operators which can be pretty useful. You can find the different search operators at 16 Commands and Shortcuts to Twitter.

Did you know about these handy commands in Twitter? Do you find them useful? Let us know through your comments.

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