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show how many twitter followers a user has

Terminal - show how many twitter followers a user has
curl -s http://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=username | sed -n 's/\<followers_count\>//p' | sed 's/<[^>]*>//g;/</N;//b'
2010-10-17 16:08:46
User: chrismccoy
Functions: sed
-1
show how many twitter followers a user has

replace username with the username you wish to check.

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Very precise but I can shave a few characters off.

curl -s http://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=username | grep \<followers_count\> | tr -cd 0-9\\n
Comment by TheMightyBuzzard 254 weeks and 5 days ago

curl -s ...|sed '/followers/!d;s/>/@/;s/.*@//;s/

a few more chars to type but less programs to run and less pipes to pass through

e.g. if this was high volume, a few million usernames

Comment by argv 191 weeks and 4 days ago

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