very excited about the open Firehose feed. i think Chirp would really
fit Twitter's scalable, open-source model if it were free or close to
being free. i'm a fan...thanks!

On Dec 28, 12:24 am, Ryan Sarver <rsar...@twitter.com> wrote:
> Hey all,
>
> Now that the dust has settled a bit and we are in the midst of the holidays
> I wanted to email everyone and provide some more details on the
> announcements we made a few weeks ago at LeWeb.
>
> *50,000 apps*
> We are continually amazed by all the incredible work the ecosystem does as a
> whole and we proud that developers have created over 50,000 applications
> that allow people to experience Twitter in so many different ways. We are
> really looking forward to what 2010 has in store as we put more emphasis on
> supporting the ecosystem better and maturing as a platform. We are humbled
> by and appreciative all the hard work you do. Please continue to give us
> feedback -- both good and bad -- on how we can support you better in your
> efforts to build awesome apps.
>
> *Auth announcements*
> With the recent launches of Retweet, Lists and Geotagging we have seen
> applications struggle to provide the experience they want for their users
> within the 150 req/hr limit. We are excited to open the skies up a bit and
> provide some more room for developers to work within. Starting in a few
> weeks all OAuth requests to api.twitter.com/1/ will be able to take
> advantage of a 10x rate limit increase. Basic Whitelisting still exists and
> is unchanged. We look forward to what this means in terms of the increased
> richness around the user experience in Twitter apps.
>
> *Developer Site*
> From the beginning we have used a disparate set of tools to help support the
> community -- from the apiwiki, to code.google.com for issues to this mailing
> group. It was a great way to get started quickly with fairly robust tools,
> but we need a place for developers to start from and help them find the
> right answers to their questions and help them solve their problems. We have
> announced a new Developer Site that begins to consolidate these
> communications channels and tools into a single place while adding some new,
> exciting tools to help developers. There will be new reference
> documentation, search, API console, API status dashboard (external
> monitoring service) and clearer documentation of policies. We are investing
> heavily in this area and will continue to improve the tools and content for
> the ecosystem to make sure that you have everything you need to get started
> and for continued support. We are really interested in getting your feedback
> on what will create a great site, so please let us know your wishlist of
> things that will help you be a more informed and more efficient developer.
>
> *Chirp - Twitter Developer Conference*
> Personally one of the most exciting announcements is that we will be
> throwing the first official Twitter Developer Conference which we are
> calling Chirp. It will be a two day event focused on equipping developers
> with all the tools they need to go forth and build great things. Day One
> will be filled with speakers from Twitter and the ecosystem talking about a
> broad range of topics like our roadmap, the Streaming API, how to develop
> desktop applications, sentiment analysis, user research and more. At the end
> of Day One we will kick off a 24-hour hack event with lots of great
> announcements and surprises already lined up. We'll also be filling Day Two
> with some workshops on specific topics for developers who want to dive deep
> in certain areas. There are lots of great surprises in store for the event
> and we hope to see lots of you there.
>
> *Firehose for everyone*
> Finally, the announcement that has garnered the most coverage and
> excitement. As I stated in the session at LeWeb we are committed to
> providing a framework for any company big or small, rich or poor to do a
> deal with us to get access to the Firehose in the same way we did deals with
> Google and Microsoft. We want everyone to have the opportunity -- terms will
> vary based on a number of variables but we want a two-person startup in a
> garage to have the same opportunity to build great things with the full feed
> that someone with a billion dollar market cap does. There are still a lot of
> details to be fleshed out and communicated, but this a top priority for us
> and we look forward to what types of companies and products get built on top
> of this unique and rich stream.
>
> Sorry for the long-winded email, but there is lots of really exciting stuff
> for us to be talking about. As always, we are very interested in getting
> your feedback on the announcements and more generally on how we can continue
> to improve how we work together. As I said a few times in the session, our
> success is dependent on your success so please let us know what we can do to
> help make you successful.
>
> Happy holidays, Ryan

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