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Learn Twitter Shorthand

When you decide you’d like to send tweets from your smartphone, or even if you’re tweeting on the Web, Twitter has some shorthand commands that can facilitate (shorten) your Twitter messaging experience.

Here are some shorthand commands you can use to direct an action other than simply posting to your Twitter stream. (I used my Twitter username as an example in the table.)

Command How it looks What it does
FOLLOW username FOLLOW marshacollier Starts following marshacollier
UNFOLLOW username UNFOLLOW marshacollier Stops following marshcollier
ON/OFF ON or OFF Turns all Tweet notifications on or off
ON/OFF username ON or OFF marshacollier
Turns Tweet notifications for a user on or off
GET username GET marshacollier Shows the last tweet from a user
RT username RT marshacollier Retweets a user's latest tweet
FAV username FAV marshcollier Puts a user's latest tweet on your list of Favorites
D username yourmessage D marshacollier Hi how are you? Sends a direct message to a user

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