Twitter has just announced the availability of custom timelines, a brand new type of timelime that allows developers to have more control regarding organization and delivery of Tweets on the Twitter platform. Twitter has also announced the launch of the Custom Timelines API which is in beta and available to a small group of developers selected and approved by Twitter.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. So let’s make a data visualization of our own.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
Sometimes what is happening now is not as important as what happened then. I am speaking of the past and how it can help you piece events together. This what makes Gnip’s newest Twitter search API so powerful.
A new Facebook Keyword Insights API has been made available to a select range of media partners in the United States, allowing registered developers to create finer-grain, real-time data analysis of popular reactions to the latest news, sport and pop culture stories.
You are a major brand wanting to advertise. Do you: A) hire an advertising agency and pay big bucks for photo shoots, or B) crowdsource images from your fan base for free? The Olapic API integrates answer B into other apps.
You follow me, I follow you. If you want to do that on Twitter from now on, you’ll have to do it manually because among recent updates to its developer guidelines, the microblogger put an axe to auto follow. In other news, Twitter loosened up its display requirements.
In February, Twitter debuted its Ads API as a way for partners to integrate Twitter advertising management into their products. Twitter took baby steps in launching the program, initially giving only a handful of partners access to the API. Six months later, however, the microblogger has announced six new partners: Kenshoo Social, Optimal, SocialCode, SocialFlow, Unified and Voxsup.
Grabyo recently opened its doors as a TV clip sharing service. Alongside its go to market lies the Grabyo API that allows developers to integrate Grabyo functionality with third party apps and sites. Grabyo describes itself as “the ultimate second screen experience.”
Attending a Twitter Chat is akin to attending an online cocktail party. It happens when a lot of people, all using the same hashtags, Tweet on the same topic. The chats happen at a scheduled time and often repeat every week or biweekly. The events have become a popular tool for social media managers wanting to build their brand.