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.
Normally earthquakes are detected with sensative instruments, under the care of trained seismologists. With the Twitter API (our Twitter API profile), the ability to detect and report quake locations may fall into anyone’s hands.
If you are as optimistic as we were about Twitter’s location features, you should be downright giddy now. Twitter has acquired the company–and staff–behind one of the most innovative mapping-related APIs. Mixer Labs’ GeoAPI , previously known as TownMe, hosts your geographic data and allows spatial queries such as “find the closest location” (for more see our earlier TownMe news coverage and our TownMe API profile).
Twitter announced a beta version of its mobile site with a cleaner look, new features and a backend powered by the microblogging site’s popular API (our Twitter API profile). The new site is running in tandem with the current mobile site, though Twitter plans to phase out the old site. What makes us excited is how they built it.