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Which Twitter user are you?

Terminal - Which Twitter user are you?
curl -s http://twitter.com/username | grep 'id="user_' | grep -o '[0-9]*'
2010-04-04 18:43:14
User: spiffwalker
Functions: grep
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Which Twitter user are you?

This will tell you which twitter user you are chronologically. For example, a number of 500 means you were the 500th user to create a twitter account.

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What others think

You replace username with your twitter name, right? Still doesn't work.

[~] $ curl -s http://twitter.com/kuterus | grep 'id="user_' | grep -o '[0-9]*'

[~] $

Comment by magenine 233 weeks ago

I did it for you and it worked fine, my guess is that you don't have curl installed.

Comment by spiffwalker 233 weeks ago

I have curl installed cause I can use it to update twitter.

Comment by magenine 232 weeks and 6 days ago

Well I have no idea why it's not working for you, I asked some friends to test it and it worked fine for all of them. I guess make sure you have the URL right or else curl will just be grabbing a 404.. And in case that doesn't work the result for you username is 64916972. :D

Comment by spiffwalker 232 weeks and 5 days ago

Try replacing -s with -v and seeing what's actually happening. On my shared webhost this command doesn't work and -v shows an 'HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanentlyl' but it works fine on my home linux box

Comment by rkulla 227 weeks and 6 days ago

er the reason it said 'moved permanently' was because i was using 'www' and twitter has a preferred non-www domain name. So there's something else going on, but you get the point

Comment by rkulla 227 weeks and 6 days ago

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