The Official Twitter Text Commands

(In India it will only work on Bharti Airtel Mobiles and SMS commands to 53000)


Please note : When using these commands make sure that you do not append an @ along with it.

For example, if you want to turn on device notifications send only ON and not @ON. 

Similarly, if you want to stop getting updates from Twitter send STOP and not @STOP. 

If you send these commands with an @, it will be considered as an sefindia and will not be executed as expected!


Read on to know more Twitter commands..


Turning Twitter off and on: device notifications  (SMS to 53000 in India on for AIRTEL/BHARTI Users)

  • ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.

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

Fun Stuff: friends, favorites, and stats!

There's more to Twitter than OFF and ON! Use the commands below to send private messages, mark updates as favorites, or even remind someone to update their Twitter page if you're wondering what they're doing!

  • @sefindia + message
  • directs a twitter at another person, and causes your twitter to save in their "replies" tab. 
    Example: @meangrape I love that song too!

  • RT sefindia
  • Retweet's a users latest Tweet

  • D sefindia + message
  • sends a person a private message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive. 
    Example: d krissy want to pick a Jamba Juice for me while you're there?

  • FAV sefindia 

marks a person's last twitter as a favorite and causes the message to show up in your "Favorites" tab.

  • SET LOCATION placename

updates the location field in your profile 

Example: set location san francisco 

  • WHOIS sefindia
  • retrieves the profile information for any public user on Twitter. 
    Example: whois jack

  • GET sefindia
  • retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by the person. 
    Example: get goldman

  • FAV sefindia
  • marks a person's last twitter as a favorite. (hint: reply to any update with FAV to mark it as a favorite if you're receiving it in real time) 
    Example: fav al3x

  • this command returns your number of followers, how many people you're following, and your bio information.

  • INVITE phone number
  • will send an SMS invite to a friend's mobile phone. 
    Example: Invite 415 555 1212

Noteworthy Facts

  • using on/off sefindia from your phone only stops notifications to the place the command comes from; you'll still collect a person's updates on the web.
  • using follow/leave sefindia from your phone is the same as using on/off sefindia.
  • following someone from a phone for the first time will also cause you to follow them on the web.
  • there is no way to stop following a person on the web without visiting their profile and removing them. The off, leave, stop, and quit commands will only disable updates for the device(s) from which they were sent.
  • you don't have to use on/off sefindia from the phone, you can also set individual notifcations from a person's profile page, or check yourfollowing page and manage all phone notification settings there

Follow SEFI via SMS for NON AIRTEL Users.


SEFI is ON Google SMS channels: 

Those who wish to get small message excerpt of SEFI posts, may subscribe using Following in INDIA, all mobile operators supported. 

To subscribe using your phone, SMS 'ON sefindia' to 9870807070. 

sefindia is the name of the channel.