On Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:18:24 -0700, Ryan Sarver <rsar...@twitter.com>
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR DEVELOPERS
Some key areas where ecosystem developers are thriving:
- PUBLISHER TOOLS. Companies such as SocialFlow  help
publishers optimize how they use Twitter, leading to increased user
engagement and the production of the right tweet at the right time.
- CURATION. Mass Relevance  and Sulia  provide services for
large media brands to select, display, and stream the most
and relevant tweets for a breaking news story, topic or event.
- REALTIME DATA SIGNALS. Hundreds of companies use real-time
Twitter data as an input into ranking, ad targeting, or other aspects
of enhancing their own core products. Klout  is an example of a
company which has taken this to the next level by using Twitter data
to generate reputation scores for individuals. Similarly, Gnip 
syndicates Twitter data for licensing by third parties who want to
our real-time corpus for numerous applications (everything from hedge
funds to ranking scores).
- SOCIAL CRM, ENTREPRISE CLIENTS, AND BRAND INSIGHTS. Companies
such as HootSuite , CoTweet , Radian6 , Seesmic , and
Crimson Hexagon  help brands, enterprises, and media companies
into the zeitgeist about their brands on Twitter, and manage
relationships with their consumers using Twitter as a medium for
- VALUE-ADDED CONTENT AND VERTICAL EXPERIENCES. Emerging services
like Formspring , Foursquare , Instagram , and Quora 
have built into Twitter by allowing users to share unique and
content to their followers, while, in exchange, the services get
broader reach, user acquisition, and traffic.
There's a common thread in most of the businesses you've listed as
"thriving" above. Nearly all of them interface with *multiple* networks
- Twitter, yes, but also Facebook, LinkedIn, and even MySpace.
HootSuite, for example, connects to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,
MySpace, Ping.fm, WordPress, Foursquare and mixi. There's also Google
Buzz / Latitude, Tumblr, Posterous, Gowalla, Yelp, and I'm sure many
others. In short, I'd say there seem to be few businesses "thriving"
that have focused only on Twitter.
Last time I looked at the Alexa site rankings world-wide, Twitter was
number nine. It's a long climb to the top IMHO - Twitter needs to pass
Wikipedia and Baidu just to get to the point where Google, Yahoo!,
Microsoft and Facebook are in sight. Twitter is still growing, for sure,
but there are clearly some challenges for developers who only develop
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