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I've tried to tweet "Get Better." (without the quotes) a dozen times now, and it keeps not showing. A friend of mine told me that, while in high school, Jack Dorsey's (the creator of Twitter) father used to spur him to work harder with that exact sentence.

I've done some research and couldn't find any evidence of this, neither an explanation of why you, apparently, can't tweet that exact sentence.

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Tried it, and some variations : "Get. Better.", "get better", all of these doesn't work. Weird. –  kbok May 23 '12 at 10:24
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interesting thing is its not the phrase "Get Better" that is filtered. Try any word after "Get" and you can't tweet the phrase. (I tried several e.g. "Get Spam", "Get Cheese" , and "Get out". The Dorsey Hypothesis therefore seems very unlikely. I guess its some anti-spam measure or summat. –  NotJarvis May 23 '12 at 11:24
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Perhaps I should ask this in WebApps.SE ? –  Thecafremo May 23 '12 at 11:30
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It's clearly not a minimum character limit twitter.com/#!/notjarvis/status/205267987069014016 –  NotJarvis May 23 '12 at 12:04
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Heh. I didn't believe it until I created a test acct & tried it for myself. Has to be 1 or 2 word phrase. First word must be "get" (case insensitive). "Post", "List", "Drop" don't trigger it. Second word can be any length or contain punctuation. –  Oddthinking May 23 '12 at 13:59

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The reason that certain tweet content appears to do nothing is that Twitter is interpreting them as commands, according to this article:

  • GET [username] - retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by that person. You can also use g [username] to get a user's latest Tweet. Examples: get goldman or g goldman.

Twitter SMS Commands

The get command will send the latest tweet from the named user to your phone. I've tried some of the other commands listed in that article, and they don't post a tweet. They do, however, have the listed effect. For example, fav accountname does indeed mark the most recent tweet from accountname as a favourite.

It's perhaps useful to remember that d accountname Some message here will send a direct message to accountname, even if entered in the public tweet box or via another client. This shows that they have a standard text to action parser that works on tweets as they are submitted.

So, to answer your question: No, it's not down to Jack Dorsey's father. It's purely because Twitter is interpreting it as a command. Sorry!

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As an active web developer who works with the Twitter API on a daily basis, This. This is the reason why you can't put in "Get Better", though your reason is very compelling. Try "Get Worse" and it won't work either. –  buzzedword May 23 '12 at 15:20
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I'm disappointed that link doesn't specify a way of escaping tweets that could be interpreted as commands. Is there an official method of actually tweeting "get better", or some unsanctioned workaround? –  Simon May 23 '12 at 18:05
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Untested: try prefixing with a space or a dot. Alternatively, add more words :-) –  DMI May 24 '12 at 9:19
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So logically, someone needs to go get the user named "better" to exploit this.... –  RBerteig May 24 '12 at 21:27
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@RBerteig And if their last tweet is "Get Better"..... –  David Starkey Aug 13 '13 at 18:03

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