Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sending yourself a direct message using Twitter

You can send yourself a direct message using Twitter.  Type the letter, d and then space and then your username and the message.  (d  + username  + message).  You can send direct message from your iPhone or computer or 3rd party apps.

   d Granny_Joan This is a direct message to myself.

If your message is longer than 140 characters and Twitter receives it intact,  your message will be sent in two parts.  But, beware: if your service provider breaks up long messages into two parts before sending the message to Twitter, Twitter will only see the d+username attached to the first message!  The second part will post to the public time line as a regular update because it doesn't have the d+username preceding it. 

People who have their direct message text and email notifications set to ON will receive direct messages on their phones and/or via email.  Tweets sent using any of the methods described above are not public: only author and recipient can view direct messages.

Using the direct message to yourself, you can post the URL for me.com privately to yourself and access that URL from your direct messages to help locate your iPhone using the method described in previous blog post.

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