Hi, I'm Derek Gathright, Yahoo engineer by day, Twitter hacker by night. I
first started with the platform by creating a web client a few years ago
(Tweenky.com, currently suffering from a little neglect) and since went on
to create a number of other random apps.  After Tweenky's launch, TechCrunch
picked it up and the traffic slammed the site, just about killing it.
Performance was horrible, so I decided to fix the scaling issue by getting
rid of a backend. Wha? How do you do that? I rewrote it in 99% JavaScript
(the 1% being a cross-domain proxy).  I first started with jQuery, and am
now working on another rewrite in YUI3.  In the past, it was easy to
out-innovate the Twitter.com client, but nowdays it is hard to keep up with
only a few hours/week. Slow down guys! :P

By doing all this experimentation with Twitter in JS, it's allowed, and
inspired me, to learn so much about that language.  Knowledge I otherwise
probably wouldn't have, and that's what I love about the Twitter platform.
 It's so flexible and allows me to use it as the basis for tinkering around
with any new technology I want.  Feel like learning some new language or
framework? Create a Twitter app.  When the incredibly awesome JSFiddle.net
came out, the first thing I did was hack together a YUI3/YQL/Twitter example
to play around (http://jsfiddle.net/derek/Vjxt2/).  Doing that with Facebook
and other platforms would be more difficult than just a few lines of code.

Anyways, </rambling>


On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM, Quy <quyten...@gmail.com> wrote:

> My name is Quy Le (@quytennis) and I used to be a software engineer
> but now I'm product manager at a high-tech company. I've been using
> the Twitter API for the past 3 months on a Twitter project that
> hopefully will go live in a few weeks. I've been using PHP/mySQL/
> memcached to build my site but it has been a slow process since I have
> a day job and I'm relearning some of the new technology since I
> haven't touched a piece of code in over 8-9 years. (Designing for IE6
> sucks).
> The feature I would love the most is a conversation API so it's easy
> to show conversations based on a tweet.
> Quy
> On Feb 19, 1:20 pm, Abraham Williams <4bra...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > We have not had an introductions thread in a long time (or ever that I
> could
> > find) so I'm starting one. Don't forget to add an answer to the tools
> thread
> > [1](Gmail link [2]) as well.
> >
> > I'm Abraham Williams, I've been working with the Twitter API and this
> group
> > since early 2008. I do mostly freelance Drupal and Twitter API
> integration
> > and personal projects. I love seeing the creative projects developers
> build
> > or integrate with the API and look forward to meeting many of you at
> Chirp.
> >
> > TwitterOAuth [3] the first PHP library to support OAuth is built and
> > maintained by me, and will hopefully see a new release soon. I also built
> a
> > fun Chrome extension [4] that integrates common friends and followers
> into
> > Twitter profiles.
> >
> > The feature I would most like added to the API is a conversation method
> to
> > get replies to a specific status.
> >
> > So. Who are you, what do you do, what have you built, and what feature do
> > you most want to see added?
> >
> > @Abraham
> >
> > [1]
> http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/browse_thread...
> > [2]https://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/12680cd0fa59011e
> > [3]
> https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/npdjhmblakdjfnnajeomfbogo...
> > [4]http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/detail?id=142
> >
> > --
> > Abraham Williams | Community Advocate |http://abrah.am
> > Project | Out Loud |http://outloud.labs.poseurtech.com
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