Last updated: September 28, 2020
Introducing Our TwitterBot, @WhoIsHosting
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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.