Hi Developers,

Today we're launching some of the functionality around "Places" that we
announced at Chirp. You can read more about the feature here:
http://blog.twitter.com/2010/06/twitter-places-more-context-for-your.html

The launch comes with a batch of API enhancements, with a number of further
API additions just around the corner (like creating and updating places,
obviously a crucial component for many implementors).

The documentation in this area is a honestly a bit light at the moment, but
we'll be offering some more comprehensive documentation going over suggested
use cases, flows, and more in the coming days.

What matters most for you:
  - GET geo/nearby_places is now GET geo/search, with some added
functionality. This is a companion to GET geo/reverse_geocode, that's ideal
for using in conjunction with a place selection UI.
    Read all about it at : http://bit.ly/dvNmYB
    - A query parameter called "query" lets you do textual matching when
trying to find a place
    - A query parameter called "ip" lets you do a lookup based on an IP
address
    - You can fine tune results with granularity, accuracy, and the
contained_within parameter, which allows you to identify a place_id
(matching something like a city), and only search for places within that
place.

  - <place> tags in XML output, "place" attribute in JSON output:

Tweets that have a place_id associated with them can now contain some
additional information not available in the past, including some attributes
that further describe the location.


Some common place/attributes you might start seeing:
  - name
  - street_address
  - locality
  - region
  - phone
  - postal_code
  - twitter (a twitter account associated with the place)
  - cross_streets

Attribute key names can be variant. These are just some of the attribute
keys you will see, with much more to come.


    Here's a quick XML representation of a status with a place:
    <status>
      <created_at>Mon Jun 14 23:30:14 +0000 2010</created_at>
      <id>16184038366</id>
      <text>I'm testing out places integrations. Can you hear me Planet
Houston? I'm at the Epicenter. (psyche)</text>
      <source>web</source>
      <truncated>false</truncated>
      <in_reply_to_status_id></in_reply_to_status_id>
      <in_reply_to_user_id></in_reply_to_user_id>
      <favorited>false</favorited>
      <in_reply_to_screen_name></in_reply_to_screen_name>
      <user>
        <id>819797</id>
        <name>Taylor Singletary</name>
        <screen_name>episod</screen_name>
        <location>iPhone: 37.778181,-122.397971</location>
        <description>Reality Technician, Developer Advocate at Twitter,
displeased at Planet Houston</description>
        <profile_image_url>
http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/989643540/zod_normal.jpg
</profile_image_url>
        <url>http://bit.ly/5w7P88</url>
        <protected>false</protected>
        <followers_count>1461</followers_count>
        <profile_background_color>000000</profile_background_color>
        <profile_text_color>000000</profile_text_color>
        <profile_link_color>731673</profile_link_color>
        <profile_sidebar_fill_color>007ffe</profile_sidebar_fill_color>
        <profile_sidebar_border_color>bb0e79</profile_sidebar_border_color>
        <friends_count>1420</friends_count>
        <created_at>Wed Mar 07 22:23:19 +0000 2007</created_at>
        <favourites_count>254</favourites_count>
        <utc_offset>-28800</utc_offset>
        <time_zone>Pacific Time (US &amp; Canada)</time_zone>
        <profile_background_image_url>
http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/19651315/fiberoptics.jpg
</profile_background_image_url>
        <profile_background_tile>true</profile_background_tile>
        <notifications>false</notifications>
        <geo_enabled>true</geo_enabled>
        <verified>false</verified>
        <following>false</following>
        <statuses_count>6477</statuses_count>
        <lang>en</lang>
        <contributors_enabled>false</contributors_enabled>
      </user>
      <geo/>
      <coordinates/>
      <place xmlns:georss="http://www.georss.org/georss";>
        <id>a851ec943d3a27c5</id>
        <name>Epicenter Cafe</name>
        <full_name>Epicenter Cafe, San Francisco</full_name>
        <place_type>poi</place_type>
        <url>http://api.twitter.com/1/geo/id/a851ec943d3a27c5.json</url>
        <attributes>
          <attribute>
            <key>street_address</key>
            <value>764 Harrison St</value>
          </attribute>
        </attributes>
        <bounding_box>
          <georss:polygon>37.781343 -122.399142 37.781343 -122.399142
37.781343 -122.399142 37.781343 -122.399142</georss:polygon>
        </bounding_box>
        <country code="US">The United States of America</country>
      </place>
      <contributors/>
      <annotations/>
    </status>

    And here's the JSON representation:
    {
        "in_reply_to_user_id": null,
        "geo": null,
        "source": "web",
        "created_at": "Mon Jun 14 23:30:14 +0000 2010",
        "place": {
            "place_type": "poi",
            "country_code": "US",
            "attributes": {
                "street_address": "764 Harrison St"
            },
            "country": "The United States of America",
            "full_name": "Epicenter Cafe, San Francisco",
            "url": "http://api.twitter.com/1/geo/id/a851ec943d3a27c5.json";,
            "name": "Epicenter Cafe",
            "id": "a851ec943d3a27c5",
            "bounding_box": {
                "type": "Polygon",
                "coordinates": [[[ - 122.399142, 37.781343], [ - 122.399142,
37.781343], [ - 122.399142, 37.781343], [ - 122.399142, 37.781343]]]
            }
        },
        "in_reply_to_screen_name": null,
        "favorited": false,
        "truncated": false,
        "annotations": null,
        "user": {
            "profile_background_image_url": "
http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/19651315/fiberoptics.jpg";,
            "profile_image_url": "
http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/989643540/zod_normal.jpg";,
            "description": "Reality Technician, Developer Advocate at
Twitter, displeased at Planet Houston",
            "lang": "en",
            "statuses_count": 6477,
            "profile_sidebar_fill_color": "007ffe",
            "profile_background_tile": true,
            "screen_name": "episod",
            "contributors_enabled": false,
            "profile_sidebar_border_color": "bb0e79",
            "following": false,
            "geo_enabled": true,
            "notifications": false,
            "created_at": "Wed Mar 07 22:23:19 +0000 2007",
            "followers_count": 1460,
            "friends_count": 1420,
            "verified": false,
            "profile_background_color": "000000",
            "favourites_count": 254,
            "protected": false,
            "url": "http://bit.ly/5w7P88";,
            "profile_text_color": "000000",
            "name": "Taylor Singletary",
            "time_zone": "Pacific Time (US & Canada)",
            "location": "iPhone: 37.778181,-122.397971",
            "id": 819797,
            "utc_offset": -28800,
            "profile_link_color": "731673"
        },
        "in_reply_to_status_id": null,
        "coordinates": null,
        "id": 16184038366,
        "contributors": null,
        "text": "I'm testing out places integrations. Can you hear me Planet
Houston? I'm at the Epicenter. (psyche)"
    },


Stay tuned for more information in the coming days and weeks on how to
create places, more about how attributes about places work, and much more!

Thanks,
Taylor

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