Finally, Twitter Gives Developers a Home

Adam DuVander, April 15th, 2010

TwitterIn many ways Twitter is a platform to be admired. But how and where it communicates with its developer community has been a bit lacking. At the Chirp conference, Twitter launched the sort of home for discussion and information that should make Twitter developers happy.

The new site dev.twitter.com puts documentation, status information, forums and more all under one roof.

Previously things were quite a bit more disjointed. There was a Wiki for documentation (it’s still around). There are still a number of places to discuss the Twitter API, but Twitter has placed its various communication methods in one easy to find location.

More exciting are the features that didn’t exist before, such as a dashboard to see the API status, complete with the last week’s history. There’s also a API sandbox (pictured below) to play around with commands (it was inspired by hurl).

Overall, Twitter has made its API even more approachable. And that’s good, because we expect more developers will be interested in tapping Twitter’s flow of information. True to Twitter’s open, egalitarian roots, now anyone who has an interest also has a place to go.

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2 Responses to “Finally, Twitter Gives Developers a Home”

April 17th, 2010
at 12:10 am
Comment by: Ben Tremblay

Because nobody nowhere ever pays attention to the fact that lots of folks are invisible to search (i.e. their hashtags don’t appear in streams / can’t be found later) I went ther to seach hashtags … and search I did.

http://dev.twitter.com/doc => “403 Forbidden: The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.”

July 11th, 2011
at 7:02 pm
Comment by: 750K Twitter Developers: New Site Supports Their 1M+ Apps

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