A 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.
In 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.
There 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.
Twitter’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?
ProgrammableWeb 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.
The 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.
While 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.
Ever 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.
Last 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.