Which Twitter user are you?

curl -s http://twitter.com/username | grep 'id="user_' | grep -o '[0-9]*'
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.
Sample Output

2010-04-04 18:43:14

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]*' [~] $
magenine · 633 weeks and 1 day ago
I did it for you and it worked fine, my guess is that you don't have curl installed.
spiffwalker · 633 weeks and 1 day ago
I have curl installed cause I can use it to update twitter.
magenine · 632 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
spiffwalker · 632 weeks and 6 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
rkulla · 627 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
rkulla · 627 weeks and 6 days ago
jlgg · 244 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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