Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting

The WhoIsHostingThis.com TwitterBot has just launched.

For those who unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s a microblogging service that lets users send 140 character messages to friends. Imagine a cross between Facebook status updates and your regular blog.

Twitterbots let you perform ‘command line’-style operations in Twitter. You typically send a message, and get back a response via direct message (DM) or an @reply with the information requested.

Some of the Twitterbots that have caught my imagination include music suggestions bot Recomme and Multimap’s ‘local services’ bot.

How to use the @WhoIsHosting bot? It’s simple.

Just send an @reply to @WhoIsHosting followed by a domain. A couple of minutes later, you’ll get a DM back with the answer and a link for more information.

 

If you don’t want to subject your followers to the lookup, you can send a DM to @WhoIsHosting instead using the same syntax (eg, DM WhoIsHosting yourdomainhere.com). Again, you’ll get a DM back pronto. It’ll look something like this…

 

It’s early days, so there may be the odd hiccup. Most issues to date have been with Twitter’s API limit (100 calls/hour), so please be patient if you don’t receive an immediate response.

We’d love to hear any feedback in the comments.

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12 Comments to “Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting”

  1. Works like a charm!

  2. nice one – a good usage for twitter – look forward to some good work in this area, I can see good use for when out and about on mobiles.

  3. That is cool. I am such a geek and it took me liking this to realise it.

  4. Of course, the correct syntax for sending direct message is:

    d recipient message

  5. Nik, either works: D or DM.

  6. Nice, i like twitter, and u too….

  7. This is great tool to tweet about. Thanks !!

  8. This is great achivement that i never expriences before

  9. just tweet about it 🙂

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