A Recap Of Chirp — Twitter’s First Developer Conference

By now everyone in the twitter ecosystem has heard about @Chirp , the first developer conference of it’s kind in Twitter’s history.  If you’re looking to catch up with what’s going on  you can watch the conference on Justin Tv here.

Here’s a screen of the backchannel; is that the first reference to promoted tweets anyone has seen?


We’ve all heard of the speakers in some form or the other, but let’s quickly focus on @JohnBattelle and @RSarver ; only because the information and how they related to the ecosystem interested me the most.

Battelle says the first tweet ever was by @Jack – “I’m setting up Twitter”, and has been consulting twitter on an ongoing basis; he keeps asking the company a very important question: “What’s your business model?” With and ad platform coming we see glimmers of hope for the young company, but only if they get it right this time.   Facebook has.

Of course the skeptics have their own voice, and others like @Loic have already taken measures to ensure their growth and survival.  @scobleizer talks about this directly over on his blog.

If you talk with Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic, he tells a story of feeling squeezed, just like a batch of carbon. Squeezed by the press, like Techcrunch, who said that Le Meur is in denial of the storm brewing over the Twitter ecosystem after Twitter announced it will compete with the client partners it so famously enabled..

Update:  Interestingly in a newer post  “Developers: how will we all get along with Twitter’s annotation feature?” he goes on to tell us what he’s learned.

The most important speaker to listen to for developers was Ryan Sarver, he certainly gave us alot to think about as he confidently spoke on the future of the Twitter API.

Watch live video from Twitter Chirp Conference on Justin.tv

Key Notes on Ryan Sarver’s presentation:

  • 100,000 applications now registered with Twitter.
  • Meta Data and Annotations:  Which by far is the most interesting aspect of Ryan’s presentation.  What’s exciting is you can annotate and add any arbitrary meta-data to every tweet that comes into the system; this new feature has it’s downside, read what the fuss is all about.
  • The success of Co-Tweet and how the saw a need, focused on the audience and fundamentally changed the way businesses interect with their customers.
  • Enabling innovation to developers, reducing friction and increasing certainly and reliability for developers on the API level.   Developer Happiness.
  • Deriving more context and relevancy in tweets.
  • User Streams:   Power of real-time streams relevant to users.  No more rate limits, polling, managing data.  Includes social graph, direct messages and ReTweets and favorites.  Adding linkage and threads between one tweet to the other.  Like Twit Toaster did when visualizing threaded discussions & of course location.
  • Firehose:  Letting everyone from small to large sized funded companies benefit from the stream.
  • Developer Happiness.
  • Managing larger work-flows in bigger teams of individual companies.

The birth of dev.twitter.com and Anywhere

It’s Alive!


Live code and examples are already running from the API within the well constructed documents.  If you’re running the Thesis Theme you can already find a way of integrating anywhere.

What else is happening surrounding the ecosystem?

Loads of bloggers and companies are talking about the developer conference and making their contributions.   Let’s take a quick look to see what’s going on.

  1. Twitter’s Entire Archive Headed to the Library of Congress
  2. Twitter Adds New Terms of Service to Its Developer Platform

    Twitter Adds New Terms of Service to Its Developer Platform

  3. Replay it: Google search across the Twitter archive
  4. The Seesmic Squeeze: how a company responds to market changes in Twitter’s ecosystem
  5. Sorry Bit.ly, Twitter Confirms It Will Launch Its Own Link Shortener

The question(s) still looms resounding in like minds across the world wide web.  Will Twitter be able to lock their developers and business model down, or will this sudden change in the ecosystem affect this innovative company?

Personally I think by remaining agile and trying to understanding the road map (which is still unclear) will enable companies steer themselves in the right direction.

What’s more important is for entrepreneurs to define their leadership and start thinking of sustainable business models for the future.  Aaron Gotwalt admits that he’s not a business analysts, and so he pulled together a team of advisors and investors to get positive feedback and funding.

He says:

With this collective brainpower and to be able to pilot a company to make money is a really tricky thing.

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