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Twitter Hasn’t Completely Forgotten About its Devs, Will Host #devnestSF in May

There was a lot of huff as the one-year anniversary of Twitter’s inaugural Chirp Developer Conference came and went without a word from the company as to when (or if) there would be another one. And while it looks like they won’t be doing something quite that big this year, they are sending a message to their developers that they still care: they’re hosting a small #devnestSF tweetup at their offices in San Francisco in May, and will be setting up more of these around the US and the world in the near future.
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3 Ways China’s Weibo Could Actually Compete with Twitter

Within China, Twitter is basically non-existent: people use Weibo, instead, a similar service previously available only in Chinese. On Monday, the Chinese company released an English translation of its iPhone app that has many wondering if it is planning to compete directly with Twitter in the future. Here is my take on what Weibo needs to do if it wants to stand a chance against the entrenched Twitter.
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How Many People Really use Twitter.com?

When Twitter announced changed to its API last week – and effectively told developers to stop making Twitter clients – they claimed that 90% of Twitter users access official Twitter apps each month. However, marketing company Sysomos questioned this figure, which contrasted with their earlier findings that the majority of Twitter users access Twitter through third-party clients. So, how many people really use Twitter.com, and what do the numbers mean?
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Why is Twitter Cracking Down on Third-Party Apps?

There are whispers of an end of an era this week, as Twitter flexes its muscles against its own developer community. Some are speculating that Twitter is hoping to squeeze out most developers in order to build its own apps, while others think it’s just Twitter cleaning up to prepare for some big money-making moves in 2011.
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UberMedia will Likely Acquire TweetDeck by end of February

Apps built on the back of Twitter appear to be a hot commodity this year, with a major acquisition set to be finalized by the end of this month. TweetDeck, one of the most popular Twitter dashboards, is in the final stages of acquisition talks with growing Twitter app empire UberMedia.

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Attention Developers: Twitter Restricts Access to API

In what some believe is a move to edge out smaller developers, Twitter announced yesterday that it will stop whitelisting developer requests for unrestricted access to their API. This could be a temporary measure, or it could be a move that signals that Twitter is hoping developers begin to pay for access to a larger chunk of the Twitter stream – or don’t access it at all.
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Twitter Proposes The Release Of API Limits, Tweet Metadata, Becoming Your Online Identity, And More

There’s an interesting article today over at Techrader that outlines some of the plans Twitter is making for the future of the platform, as provided by Alex Payne, Twitter’s API lead.

Alex Payne (@al3x)

(Image source: Techradar.)

Alex is definitely saying all the right things. On scalability:

“Hopefully we’ve already been through the catastrophe phase. Where we’re at now is very, very different; fundamental pieces of our technology have changed. We’ve built out a really robust system; it doesn’t just handle tweets, it handles every operation around the site. Whenever you’re sending a direct message, whenever you’re adding someone, whenever you’re blocking someone it goes through this system we’ve built.

We’ve pitted it against the other big enterprise grade message queue systems out there and we’ve pretty much smoked them all in terms of benchmarks.”

On the development of the tweet:

“In a perfect world we’d like every tweet to have its own key value store for whatever metadata [developers] want. In terms of implementation it’s still too far off to say when we’re going to deliver that; the majority of our team is still focused on handling the scale of the social graph.”

On the future of Twitter’s API:

“It doesn’t make sense to have apps ask us again and again ‘do you have anything new? Do you have anything new?’… Whether that’s data or changes to the social graph, it makes more sense that we push that information to them so they’re always up to date.”

On this, Twitter plans to introduce a ‘push API’ service and also to release the limit of API calls that external applications can make, which is currently set at 100 per hour per user.

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