Despite being a regular and long time user of Twitter, I only just found out these new little commands below. They are gorgeous. So enjoy! When using these commands, do not add the @ symbol to the username (aka Twitter handle).
Twitter’s social shortcuts
- Fast follow! Want to follow someone without having to do a whole lot of unnecessary steps? Tweet the following expression: f [username] or follow [username]. For example, f mdial or follow mdial. This is especially useful if you have multiple accounts and are using a service like Tweetdeck
- Fast unfollow! Tired of someone’s diatribe? All you have to do is tweet: unfollow [username]
- Want someone’s tweets to be texted to your mobile? on [username]
- You are probably aware of the Direct Message function DM [username] + message or D [username] + message, which sends a personal and private message to a person [and that person only] who must be following you. What I didn’t know, you can also use M [username] + message ! BTW, you can use lower or upper case for these commands. And another thing: if you delete a DM (or D or M) you have sent, it will also disappear from the destination inbox. Good to know, no?
- To retrieve someone’s latest tweet and send it to your mobile: g [username] or get [username].
BTW, theses commands were designed by Twitter to enhance the mobile/SMS interface, but the ones I have selected work on and are suitable for the web version. You can find the full list of the SMS-related commands here on Twitter’s support page.
Acronyms ahoy (SMS and/or Twitter)
One last one. Do you know about the acronym “OH”? As in: OH: on the train…? It stands for “overheard.” You can’t track the OH: tweets, because you’ll just get all the tweets with “oh” in it and, there are a boatload of those. But, it can be a fun one when you read it. Meanwhile, a good resource on Twitter acronyms was just published by Tia Fisher on Social Media Today.
Other favorite acronyms or abbreviations:
- HAND = Have a nice day
- ROTFL = Rolling on the floor laughing
- HTH = Hope that helped
- CD9 = Code 9, parents are around
- PNP = Party and play
- YOLO = You only live once
Alternatively, for further help, you should refer to Twittonary, which allows you to search for all twitter related terms.