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This article was published on January 7, 2009

Whois for Twitter! Who knew?

Whois for Twitter! Who knew?
David Petherick
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David Petherick

Scotsman David Petherick is a director & co-founder of several companies, and provides social media strategy & visibility services. Scotsman David Petherick is a director & co-founder of several companies, and provides social media strategy & visibility services. David became known as ‘The Digital Biographer’ after a 2007 BBC radio interview, speaks Russian, wears the Kilt, and is a co-author for the books 'Age of Conversation 2.0, & 3.0'.

Although many of you probably use mobile or desktop clients such as Twibble or Tweetdeck to access Twitter, if you are using Twitter in your browser, and want to find out a little more about a Twitter user, there’s a faster way than visiting their profile.

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Just type ‘whois username‘ into the twitter status field when logged in, and hit the [Update] button. (You don’t need the @ character preceeding username.)

Voila! You’ll be presented with the Name, Date of joining, Biography and URL for that user.

All that’s missing perhaps is the ability to immediately follow that user, or go to their profile page with a simple link – but it’s a quick way to check who’s who. Try it for yourself – [Open Twitter WHOIS in new Window] Simple. Nice. Who knew?

(Thanks to @andrewburnett for the tip, retweeted via @tomcritchlow from an original by @robousbey)