Posts Tagged ‘Twitter API’
Twitter has launched its long-awaited, heavily-rumoured and much-requested advertising API, which promises to reward marketers for “being good, not for being loud”, and have announced five early partners who have been working with the API and can now offer advertising features to their clients.
Over on its official Developers Blog, Twitter has announced two new fields that will be added to the metadata that is contained within all tweets, allowing developers using Twitter’s API to better filter and improve the overall quality of the stream.
A new filter attribute will let applications that display tweets by value, with a rating of “none”, “low”, “medium” and (eventually) “high”, with the latter two entries correlating with the “Top Tweets” results for searches made on Twitter.com.
Twitter is helping your prepare for its new and improved API by scheduling “blackout tests” that will show you how your app will look once they flip the switch.
These tests should also be helpful for those developers struggling with the 7 stages of grief. Seeing your app konk out will slingshot you from denial to acceptance in snap, because you’ll realize you have no choice.
Some third-party Twitter app developers seem to be burying their heads in the sand, hoping to escape the inevitable Twitter chopping block.
Make no mistake, optimistic sirs (and madams), assimilation is the only way – so read up on the time you have left to adhere to Twitter’s new API restrictions detailed within or use this handy calendar as a countdown to your doom. Either way – happy holidays!
You knew it was coming – you knew someone big was going to get ticked at Twitter’s new API restrictions and take action, but did you ever expect it would take the form of a restraining order? Or that the developer would, at least temporarily, win?
PeopleBrowsr’s court action against Twitter today may seem suicidal (because it kind of is), but is that a bell tolling in the distance? Not for PeopleBrowsr or third party developers though – for Twitter.
Are you a developer who has had it up to here with Twitter’s new API restrictions? Or an online strategist trying to make sense of it all? Well, we have a bit of comic relief for you.
And you don’t even need to be a Star Trek fan to appreciate it (though it helps).
We told you to snag access to endangered Twitter apps while you still could (we told you), but it seems that guidance is irrelevant. Sort of.
Whether you have access or not, your favorite Twitter apps likely will not be free (they can’t be with limited user tokens) . . . and the next likely step is that they will cease to exist.
Alarmist? Maybe. But maybe not.
Last month, Twitter shut down the Find Friends feature on Instagram, which let users of the latter service find and follow their Twitter contacts at the click of a button. Of course, this decision came a month after Twitter severed ties with LinkedIn.
Now, Twitter has pulled the plug on a similar feature on Tumblr, which really begs the question: which platform, or platforms, are next in Twitter’s sights?
Admit it: You haven’t been paying too much attention to Twitter’s pending API changes because you think they’ll only affect developers, right? WRONG.
The new Twitter regs will lock down applications, restricting access to a limited number of users. So if you don’t snag access to these endangered apps now, you probably won’t be able to later.