Twitter, a latest social website has got the attention of the whole world in the short time of its existence. Most of us, use the services provided by twitter in a regular basic. Though our purposes are different some use it to share funny jokes, to share interesting/important links with our friends, and some use it as their own public instant messenger, and last but not the least use of it is broadcasting intimate details of our life. Now you are going to learn a new and interesting feature of twitter. If you forget to shut down your PC while leaving your home or office, or you want to know what you child is doing with your computer or you want to show some one any spacial photo/file, don’t worry at all.You can use Twitter for something even bigger – remotely controlling your PC. You can even remotely take the screen shot of your desktop.
Control Windows PC by Twitter
To initiate the process first, you have to download an application TweetMyPC. It is an open source application(Freeware) that lets you send commands to your PC via Twitter and instruct it to restart, logoff, shutdown, download files off the internet and a lot more. Download the latest version of TweetMyPC
After downloading it, install in your PC. Step-by-step screen-shots are given bellow for your assistance.
[Note-TweetMyPC works by listening to a Twitter account for updates. I’d suggest that you create a new Twitter account for this purpose and also keep the updates on this account as private so that no one else is able to read the commands being issued.]
After completing the installation what you have to do is to create a new twitter account. Create a new Twitter account.
Now Login to your newly created Twitter account. And go to the settings link On the main page.
In the setting page you will find a check box to protect your Tweets. Check it on.
Click on “Save” and you will be asked for you account password, just enter it.
After doing this, run TweetMyPC and setup the application for the first time by giving it the twitter account details.
Now click on “Save and Hide”. It will make the application ready for the job.
After this TweetMyPC is now ready and will continue to run in the background. Whenever any command will be sent through the twitter account that you set, that will be executed in your PC. TweetMyPC listens commands from your Twitter account in very one minute. So send a command to your PC is log-in to the Twitter account that TweetMyPC is listening to and write the command as a status update.
TweetMyPC will respond back with the message that it is work station is logging off(in this case) . The responses from TweetMyPC look something like this.
Previously, I recommended you to create a new twitter account for this purpose and suggested you protect your tweets while creating this account because the responses come as updates to the same Twitter account and so everyone will be able to see them. You wouldn’t want anyone to look screen shots of your desktop. Yes, TweetMyPC can also take a screen shot of your desktop and upload the picture to Twitpic if you want to know what exactly is happening on your computer while you’re away.
Some Useful Commands:
Now I am going to share some other important and very useful commands that TweetMyPC supports. Those are
reboot, hibernate, getfilelist, getfile <filepath>, standby, hibernate, screen-shot (to take the screen shot of your remote computer), download <url> (to download a file to your PC when you are away). Custom Command(If you manually want to create a command then it is useful.just choose a command and select a file to run )
Control MAC from Twitter
Same as TweetMyPC in windows PC, in case of MAC you can use the free application TweetMyMac to control your Mac. It also allows you to shutdown and restart your computer,open a torrent, take a screen shot, and more.
In this case, the process is smiler to the previous one, i.e in case of windows PC. Here also You are recommended to use a fresh twitter account.
To initiate the process, at first download TweetMyMac application and install it.
secondly, create a new twitter account. Protect it by changing account setting like previous one.
Run TweetMyMac application and fill up it with twitter details like you did for Windows. Now it is ready for the job and after that it will continue to run in the background listening for commands on the twitter account that you set.
Commands for TweetMyMac
shutdown(Shutdown your Mac. Will NOT save any open files); restart(Restart your Mac.Will NOT save any open files); logout(Logout of your Mac. Will NOT save any open files); sleep(Sleep your Mac); screenshot(Get a screen shot of your Mac. Your Mac will reply with the picture posted on TwitPic); isight(Snap an image from your Mac's iSight camera. Your Mac will reply with the picture posted on TwitPic); %[command](Your Mac will execute the custom shell command. Note: this is disabled by default for security and must be enabled in the options to use); torrent [torrent URL](Your Mac will download the torrent and open it in the default torrent client.) etc