Php function to get the number of twitter followers

The following code snippet will fetch the number of twitter followers of a given twitter username

	This function will fetch the number of twitter followers of a twitter id
	It works by fetching an xml page for the user's information

function get_followers($twitter_id)
	$xml = file_get_contents(''.$twitter_id);
	$s = simplexml_load_string($xml);
	$follower_count = $s->followers_count;
	return $follower_count;

	Enter your twitter id here to test the code
$twitter_id = 'linux';

echo "$twitter_id has ". get_followers($twitter_id) . ' twitter followers';

Last Updated On : 4th August 2012

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  • The API used in this code does not exist anymore.

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