Twitter, undoubtedly is one of the popular social network and most of the people utilize it for several marketing purposes and celebrities use it to keep updates their fans with the latest happenings. Well, different people use Twitter for different purposes. All this was before some tech enthusiasts and developer decided to come together and use the Popular Social Media spot, Twitter for something bigger – Remotely controlling Windows PC with Twitter.

 

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Benefits of remotely controlling your computer using Twitter?

It’s quite genuine to think that how would it be beneficial for you if you remotely control your computer using Twitter? Well, this is a beneficial feature by twitter. Now if sometimes any kind of uncertain situation arises when you forgot to shut down your PC, or you would keep an eye on your child that what he/she is doing on his/her computer or you would like to open any file in your computer while you’re not present in front of your computer, you need not panic at all – You can do it all easily with the help of a feature by Twitter i.e. remotely controlling your Computer.

Well, how this can be done?

Now you can do it easily with a small utility known as TweetMyPC which is small software yet effective one. TweetMyPC is a small open source application that enables to send commands to your PC using Twitter and perform several functions like Shut Down, restart, and many more.

Steps to Remote Control Your Windows PC Using Twitter-

  • Firstly we need to setup TweetMyPC and as such, first you need to download it. Download TweetMyPC – Just go to this link and click on Install.
  • It would download the setup file and then you need to run the downloaded file and it would start downloading and installing the setup. Ensure that .net framework is installed on your Computer.
  • The installation part would finish in few minutes.
  • I would recommend you to create a new twitter account for this purpose of remotely controlling your Windows PC. Head over and sign up for a new twitter account.
  • After creating a New Twitter Account, Login into your account and navigate to settings link on the main page
  • On the settings page, navigate to Tweet Privacy section and tick the option of ‘Protect my Tweets’
  • After that click on ‘Save Changes’ and it would ask you for Password. Enter your password and again click on ‘Save changes’.  Doing this your commands or your tweets that you make won’t be displayed publicly.
  • Now you’re all done and it’s now time run the TweetMyPC Application. So, run it and as you’re running the application for the first time, it would ask you for the login details. You just need to enter your twitter Username and Twitter Password and then click on ‘Save and Hide’. And your application is all set for the job.
  • Now TweetMyPC would be running at the background of your PC. Now whenever any command would be sent through your twitter Account, it would be executed on your PC.
  • TweetMyPC listens command from your Twitter Account and works upon it within 1 minute.
  • If you want to try it, then login into your Twitter Account that TweetMyPC is listening to and write the command as a status update.
  • You can try any command, for instance you can post status as command ‘logoff’ and your Computer would be logged off and you will get a reply by TweetMyPC saying Workstation is logging off (in this case). And you can set many other commands to remote control your PC using Twitter.

                                  See list of all Commands here

Command Purpose
shutdown This command will shut down your computer after showing a warning and a wait-time of one minute.
restart restartsyour computer after a warning and a one minute delay
standby Don’t want to shutdown? Then you can make your pc go to standby mode with this command.
hibernate This command will hibernate your computer after showing a warning and a wait-time of one minute
lock This command locks your Windows pc – TweetMyPC will still continue running and answer to tweets
logoff Locking the account is not what you want? Try logoff to log off your Windows-Account and close all programs
abortshutdown You accidentally tweeted shutdown or hibernate? Don’t worry. You still can stop it by tweeting “abortshutdown” to stop it – if you are fast enough!
physical memory As the name says, this command will let you know the free Physical Memory of your pc
virtual memory Want to know the free virtual memory of your pc? Just tweet virtual memory
os This is one of the command which does not have much value. Tweeting “os” will make TweetMyPC to tweet about your Operating System version.
ip Know your pc’s internal and external IP-Address from anywhere in the world with this command
screenshot Want to know what is happening in your pc when you are not around? Just tweet screenshot and TweetMyPC will take a screenshot of your desktop and post it to Twitpic.
getprocesslist This is one of the very useful commands. On receiving this command TweetMyPC will generate a list of running programs, along with the process ID, and email it to a predefined email address.
kill <process id> This is used along with the above command. Once you receive the process list you can close a program using the kill command.
download <URL> Want to download an interesting video but you are on the move? Don’t worry – just tweet download followed by the download URL and TweetMyPC will download it for you and it will be ready when you return back. Note: Twitter automatically converts long URLs into short one using bit.ly. TweetMyPC can download files only if the URL is in the short form for security reasons. Please use bit.ly to shorten your URL before posting.
getfile <filepath> Missed an important document and you are traveling somewhere? No problem. Just tweet get followed by the file path and TweetMyPC will email the file as attachment to a predefined email. Don’t know the path? Don’t worry. Just checkout the next command.
getfilelist <drive> This command will make TweetMyPC to send you the list of files and folders in a drive. You can use this command to email you a file once you know the complete path of the file.
volinc Increases the volume of the main speaker by 20%
voldec Decreases the volume of the main speaker by 20%
volmute Mutes the main speaker
volunmute Un-mutes the main speaker
wallpaper <URL> You found a nice image and want to use set it as background at your TweetMyPC-Computer? Just use this command with the URL of the Image to set it fast and easy from anywhere!
url <URL> This command helps a lot for example if you find a website, a document or a download-file you want to review it at your computer. Then you can just open the URL by using this command, and see it at the screen when you are back at the pc. (the url has to start with http:// or www
powerstate This tweets the battery-state (Charging or not, if power-cable is plugged in and how long the remaining battery-running-time is)
ping When TweetMyPC reads this, it will answer that it is running and checks for tweets – This is really helpful to see if TweetMyPC is working and if your commands will have any effect. +fun link ;-) try it!
message <your message-text> Thanks to this command you can send a custom message to your computer, which will be shown as message-box, so you can communicate with other people sitting in front of your computer or just send a notification to yourself to read them later.
stopscr This stops the screensaver
darkscreen darkens/turns off your screen for example to save energy or to hide what the desktop shows
print <URL> TweetMyPC will download and then print the specified file – currently just .doc, .docx or *.pdf supported
<Custom Command> <optional with parameters> This is the most interesting feature of TweetMyPC. You think the above list of commands is not enough? No problem! With this new release of TweetMyPC you can start any program or shell-command with parameters just by using twitter and this program! You can start any program you want by adding it in the CustomCommand-Window of TweetMyPC and then tweeting the specified name of it. But also you can just add parameters to the tweets. Thanks to this you can now for example start your torrent-client with the torrent download-url as parameter or you can open Winamp and play a webstream, local file or whatever you want. (Example: add %windir%system32cmd.exe in the custom-commands window and tweet “command /K defrag /M /U” – see http://ss64.com/nt/cmd.html
  • And with this list of commands, you can make use of any and remote control your Computer easily.

So, here I’m done with an easy tutorial which would help you to remote control your Windows Computer from Twitter.