curl -u twitter-username -d status="Hello World, Twitter!" -d source="cURL" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml

Update twitter via curl (and also set the "from" bit)

An improvement of the original (at: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/2872/update-twitter-via-curl) in the sense that you see a "from cURL" under your status message instead of just a "from API" ;-) Twitter automatically links it to the cURL home page.
Sample Output
Enter host password for user 'twitter-username':

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2009-12-08 14:54:33

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  • 162
    curl -u user:pass -d status="Tweeting from the shell" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml
    adamm9 · 2009-02-05 18:33:23 20
  • Doesn't require password (asks for it instead) Show Sample Output


    11
    curl -u user -d status="Tweeting from the shell" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml
    matthewbauer · 2009-08-05 02:24:01 2
  • This version of tweet() doesn't require you to put quotes around the body of your tweet... it also prompts you for password. It will still barf on a '!' character.


    7
    tweet () { curl -u UserName -d status="$*" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml; }
    bartonski · 2009-11-07 06:54:02 0
  • Found it on snipt, pok3, is it yours? I put my user = m33600, the password and the status was my robot message: Settima robot message: ALARM ZONE 3 (sent via command line). Now bots may have their identity on twitter... Show Sample Output


    2
    curl -u YourUsername:YourPassword -d status="Your status message go here" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml
    m33600 · 2009-06-27 21:47:48 6
  • Type the command in the terminal and press enter to create the tweet() function. Then run as follows: tweet MyTwitterAccount "My message goes here" It will prompt you for password. Make sure that you use escape "\" character in message for showing varialbles or markup.


    0
    tweet(){ curl -u "$1" -d status="$2" "http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml"; }
    Code_Bleu · 2009-08-23 16:56:24 1

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I couldn't get it to work. FreeBSD 9.x zsh
zygotb · 265 weeks and 2 days ago

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