curl -s http://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=username | sed -n 's/\<followers_count\>//p' | sed 's/<[^>]*>//g;/</N;//b'

show how many twitter followers a user has

replace username with the username you wish to check.
Sample Output
$ curl -s http://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=k | sed -n 's/\<followers_count\>//p' | sed 's/<[^>]*>//g;/</N;//b'
  9123

-1
2010-10-17 16:08:46

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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
TheMightyBuzzard · 396 weeks and 4 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
argv · 333 weeks and 3 days ago

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