Twitter Developer Tips From the Guy Who Wrote the Book

Adam DuVander, August 5th, 2009

twitterbookThere’s no doubt that Twitter mashups are very popular. Programmable Web listed 120 in February, 200 in June and 238 Twitter mashups today.

And one of the key reasons it is so popular is because of the number places where developers can hook in, according to Kevin Makice, who wrote the Twitter API book (aka @the_api_book). The book covers nearly everything a Twitter developer, beginner or advanced, needs to know.

Twitter interaction cycle

Of course, not all apps are equal. In a new presentation about the “Twitter ecosystem,” Makice outlined five rules for a good Twitter application:

  • Be Secure – Use OAuth to sign users into Twitter (if necessary). No more asking for passwords means no more passwords stolen by shady app-makers.
  • Know Your Impact – You are not a typical user. Learn what your users do on Twitter. For example, Twitter users tend to have very small networks, which differs from many developers
  • Share – If you are creating data from your use of Twitter’s API, create an API of your own. Hear, hear!
  • Iterate – Keep working on your product and be willing to let it change (just as Twitter user behavior changes).
  • Ask and Answer – Be a part of the community. Learn from and help other Twitter developers.

The entire talk is worth a view on SlideShare, where Makice also recorded audio. (You can also find the presentation embedded below).

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6 Responses to “Twitter Developer Tips From the Guy Who Wrote the Book”

August 5th, 2009
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August 7th, 2009
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August 12th, 2009
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Comment by: Access Five Twitter APIs in One

[...] may sound absurd, but sharing data is one of the Twitter API best practices. While getting too far from the source increases potential problems, if there is enough unique [...]

September 1st, 2009
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Comment by: web development best practices

Very nice post but it really doesnt match the title. This is more of a selection of different elements of modern website design. You do not need to use these in order to create an effective web design. But nice collection.

October 20th, 2009
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Comment by: farbige kontaktlinsen

Twitter is really a great invention, but I think blogging is even more important to create some traffic. But I can use some of the tips.

March 1st, 2010
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Comment by: How to Search Twitter Profiles by Web or API

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