- April 15, 2011
Several years ago, Kevin Rose launched WeFollow.com to help you find people on Twitter near you geographically with similar interests. The problem with it is you have to go to WeFollow and input your interests. It doesn’t pull your interests directly from your Twitter profile. It’s great but yet another account with data about you that you have to manage.
When Infochimps released their Twitter People Search API allowing for full text search of any twitter data field, I realized I could use it to easily build a search engine of Twitter bios, similar to WeFollow but much more powerful. Why ask users to input additional information about themselves when their twitter profile already contains lots of identifying data about them – their name, location, and whatever they say about themselves in their bio. Being able to search on this content makes for a tool like WeFollow, but one that searches every Twitter profile and not just accounts that people entered into WeFollow.