Twitter SMS commands with special characters


In regards to SMS commands :

Twitter messages ignore certain special characters when trying to analyse SMS commands.

For example if you type ‘m [name] + message’ you will send a private message however this also happens when you type m. [name] + message or m, [name] + message.

This is quite troublesome as we have had clients try and put names as the start of their messages when posting to twitter. I.e M. Jordan which will break as @jordan does not follow said client.


Yes, some characters are reserved at the start of Tweets for SMS commands. There’s no plan to change this that I know of, and API calls that post statuses are subject to the same limitations.