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This article was published on December 24, 2008


Find people you know (and fake users) on Twitter

Find people you know (and fake users) on Twitter
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

Some people I value highly weren’t in the list of people I follow on Twitter yet. But this morning, I found them all. I started following 52 people. I gotta thank the Twitter team for this, as they’ve relaunched the “Find people you know” feature. And, like Adam Ostrow from Mashable says, “it’s blazing fast“.

Within thirty seconds, Twitter imported my whole Gmail address book. There are a few things I noticed:

  • First of all, a lot more people than I expected are active on Twitter. This probably goes for you too, so you can imagine the viral boost Twitter will get.
  • Secondly, some fake twitter accounts were revealed. I noticed that one guy even posted Twitter updates for a Dutch political party
  • I miss one thing in the address book finder: the date of the last update. I don’t want to follow someone who hasn’t updated for four months. That’s just clutter. And I don’t want to check every user manually. Help me out Twitter!

Twitter / obama - Twitter Name Search

You can either search for someone’s name, or import your address book from GMail, AOL, Hotmail, and some other major email networks.