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Damon Parker

Using Twitter Web Intents on Your Website

Previously we looked into how to setup a our own Twitter application using the Twitter API. That method of Twitter integration was slightly complicated in that it required requesting and utilizing access keys and tokens and a basic understanding of at least one well-known scripting language. Twitter Web Intents is another option Twitter offers to integrate Twitter features into any website or application. It requires no prior authorization to use, no complicated keys or tokens and can be setup in less time than it takes to copy and paste a few lines of html.
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Getting Started with the Twitter API Console

In past columns we’ve looked at several different ways to use the Twitter API to search, post tweets and various other Twitter related functions. The console at is another useful way to access Twitter functionality. The console provides access to basically all of the API functions. It can be used to research functionality and Twitter data, debug issues in API calls for your own applications or even design calls for those apps. This powerful and easy to use tool is made by Apigee. They have a version posted on their own site along with an informative getting started video outlining the major features.
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An Open Letter to Twitter Developers

All of your users are ultimately Twitter’s users as well. However, they choose to use your applications for various reasons from preferring your user experience over Twitter’s own to features you offer that can’t be found elsewhere to not having other options on their desired handset/OS/language. In many cases they have voted with their wallets, preferring to purchase your app or pay for your monthly service over using Twitter’s free apps and services. Yes, paying customers expect support, but they are also less likely to move on to something else and lose their investment in money and time.
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How Private Are Your Private Messages?

Earlier this week Twitter announced on their blog and to the developer community a change to their API permissions system to give users greater control over what applications can access and do with each user’s account. This seemingly minor change has caused big ripples in the development community.
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Twitter Bots Aren’t Just for Spammers Anymore

The @TwitterSuggests account has been around for a few months, tweeting nearly 200k recommendations of “interesting” users to follow so far. And yes, it has received some press from famous misfires recommending everything from dormant accounts to some very NSFW accounts. A quick sampling of today’s timeline from @TwitterSuggests still shows accounts without a tweet since 2009, accounts with only a couple of tweets and tweeters with quite a bit of adult content being “officially” recommended. It makes one wonder where these suggestions come from because they obviously aren’t screened by actual humans.
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Do Women Tweet Differently Than Men? And Other Interesting Uses of the Twitter API

Twitter is not just for tweeting anymore. With the access to Twitter’s functionality and data through it’s API, researchers and the general public alike have the ability to build their own applications to do just about anything. Take for instance, Martin Robbins, science blogger for the Guardian. He wanted to answer the loaded question… Do women science bloggers tweet differently to men?
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Getting Started with the Twitter API

What is exactly is the Twitter API and what can it do for me?

An API or Application Programming Interface is, simply put, a set of tools and functions to access another system’s internal computer systems. An API can be used to perform tasks, do searches of the target system’s data or post data to their systems among other things. If you have followed one of those pop-ups that start off with “An application would like to connect to your Twitter account…” then you have used the Twitter API.
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A Developer Speaks: Why No Chirp 2.0 Conference?

Twitter’s inaugural Chirp Twitter Developer Conference went down this week last year (and with quite a bang if these party pics are any indication). So what’s the word on Chirp 2.0?
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