First, a warning. The tool described in this post serves little to no useful purpose other than to entertain me for 10 minutes…

So I was musing yesterday about how finger used to work and wondering if there were any active finger accounts left on the Internet.1

So I thought to myself “what replaces finger”? The first thing that sprung to mind were Twitter bios. So I decided to write twinger which provide finger-like output of a Twitter user, for example:

$ twinger stephenfry
User        Real Name   What
stephenfry  Stephen Fry British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger

You can (if you really want to) install twinger like so:

$ gem install twinger

And the very simple source code is here.

  1. There might be. I could not find any. ↩︎