Some folks might feel that Twitter has no purpose, but I’m finding new ways to use the social-networking tool on a fairly regular basis. For me, it’s becoming less of a status update service and more of an infrastructure or platform. Here’s a handy tool by way of eHomeUpgrade, called TweetMyPC, to illustrate what I mean. The free software sits quietly on a Windows PC (s MSFT) and awaits your tweeted commands.
In this first version, you can remotely restart, logoff or shutdown your PC simply by tweeting the command. You’ll need to set up a unique Twitter account for each PC you plan to use with TweetMyPC, and that can actually be a little tricky: Twitter doesn’t allow you to use the same e-mail address for different Twitter accounts. The workaround for me was to use my Gmail account of firstname.lastname@example.org. By registering email@example.com, I got around Twitter’s restriction: To them, it’s a different e-mail address, but to Gmail, it’s essentially the same and will appear in my firstname.lastname@example.org inbox. ;)
I installed TweetMyPC on my MSI Wind running the Windows 7 Release Candidate, and it works perfectly. I sent a Restart tweet from the Wind’s Twitter account on my MacBook, and the netbook acted on the command in just a few seconds. Commands are case-sensitive, and there are only the three: Shutdown, Logoff, Restart. The developer plans for an update to make your PC a little more social in the future: Your PC will be tweeting screenshots, memory usage info, IP address, and more. Sounds great! If my PC starts telling me what it had for breakfast, though, TweetMyPC is getting uninstalled, pronto.