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Get Latest Twitter Status

The code below no longer works as-is with the Twitter API update to 1.1 as of 2013-06-11. The 1.1 API requires oAuth which requires a server side component. Here's a PHP way to interact with the new API. Googling around will find you many other libraries and such. There is an all-JavaScript method for getting tweets, but it may be a bit of a loophole that you may not want to count on.
<?php

function getTwitterStatus($userid){
$url = "https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline/$userid.xml?count=1&include_rts=1callback=?";

$xml = simplexml_load_file($url) or die("could not connect");

       foreach($xml->status as $status){
       $text = $status->text;
       }
       echo $text;
 }

// USAGE
getTwitterStatus("chriscoyier");

?>