Twitter’s Many Geo APIs

Adam DuVander, April 26th, 2010

TwitterA year ago Twitter was just a microblogging platform. Sure, it was a popular one, but it wasn’t until the announcement of its geotagging API that it took its first step toward being a location platform. Since then, it has expanded its offering to include the four geo APIs I’ve categorized below.

Twitter Goes Anywhere With New API

Adam DuVander, April 19th, 2010

TwitterLast month Twitter CEO Evan Williams announced Twitter Anywhere, but it wasn’t exactly clear what it was. Now the microblogging platform, which looks pretty busy with all its announcements centered around its developer conference, is sharing more details about the API that is part display widget and part external login, all controlled via JavaScript.

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.

Twitter Reveals: 75% of Our Traffic is via API (3 billion calls per day)

Adam DuVander, April 15th, 2010
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TwitterThere were plenty of stats doled out by Twitter’s founders during Chirp Conference keynotes today. The two that stuck with us were: 1) that its servers handle 3 billion calls every day, just to the API, and 2) that 75% of all their traffic comes from their API. If you look at the volume alone, that’s over 30,000 updates, timeline requests and searches per second. That’s a massive API.

Will Promoted Tweets Be Sent Through the Twitter API?

Adam DuVander, April 14th, 2010

TwitterTwitter’s announced “promoted tweets”, a way for businesses to send their status messages into the timelines of users who may not follow them. Many developers are wondering how it affects updates via the API–will promoted tweets show up in results from API calls?

Twitter Mashup Growth: 2009 Was Big, Now What?

Adam DuVander, April 14th, 2010

TwitterProgrammableWeb has been tracking Twitter mashups since the first one was added in December, 2006. Looking at the number developers have added to the database, one thing is clear: 2009 was a huge year for Twitter and apps built upon it.

Top 10 Things Every Twitter Developer Should Know

Adam DuVander, April 13th, 2010

TwitterThe upcoming Chirp conference organized by Twitter is bound to interest a new group of developers. Getting up to speed with a new API can take some research, but Twitter makes it easy with a handy list.

How Twitter’s 1 API Gave Birth to 43 New APIs

Adam DuVander, April 7th, 2010
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TwitterWhile Twitter mashups continue their tremendous growth, there’s another area we’re also noticing blossom: Twitter APIs. These developer-created apps process data from Twitter, adding value and sharing that back out for developers.

How to Search Twitter Profiles by Web or API

Adam DuVander, March 1st, 2010

TweepSearchEver wondered how many of your Twitter followers are web developers? Paging through twenty at a time and looking at bios is too slow to be worth answering that question. Using TweepSearch, you can quickly find that answer… and several others you’ll come up with after you see how easy it is.

3 Reasons Geocoded Tweets Haven’t Caught On and 2 Reasons Not to Worry

Adam DuVander, February 17th, 2010

TwitterLast August was when Twitter first announced it would offer geocoded tweets. With it, user locations are tied to their updates. That feature was rolled out in November. Two months later comes word that it’s getting very little use. TheNextWeb reports that less than one-fourth of one percent of all tweets are geo-tagged. For every 430 messages that pass through Twitter, only one has a location–very, very few. Why? Read on for a few potential ideas.

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