Chirp Was for Developers, Too
To that end, Twitter executives can declare a small victory. No programmers threw rotten tomatoes at Twitter co-founders in the wake of a hullabaloo over whether or not Twitter was giving third-party developers a raw deal by purchasing their rivals and threatening their viability. eWEEK asked Forrester Research analyst Augie Ray, who attended Chirp April 14, for his take on the day's festivities."Twitter didn't answer every question nor provide a firm road map, but they did make it clear how much they value their developer ecosystem and several third-party apps during presentations from the stage," Ray said. "Toward the end, [co-founder Evan Williams] Ev asked for a show of hands from developers as to how many were more or less excited to be developing upon Twitter after the news of the past week including the information conveyed at Chirp, and there were many more hands up for the positive." Ray said he had hoped to learn more about Twitter's plans to make money beyond Promoted Tweets, including the long-awaited subscription business services. Costolo said such commercial accounts are Twitter's second pillar for revenue. See video clips of the Chirp presentations at Justin.tv here. Also read the many coverage points on TechMeme here, with those that stand out listed below: VentureBeat: How Twitter's Newfangled Revenue Model Will Work: The details. ReadWriteWeb: Twitter's Entire Archive Headed to the Library of Congress: Why this is a big deal. ReadWriteWeb: Just the Facts: Statistics from Twitter Chirp: 600 million search queries per day! 75 percent of Twitter traffic comes from third-party applications! Search Engine Land: Twitter Does 19 Billion Searches Per Month, Beating Yahoo & Bing (Sort Of): People are searching a lot on Twitter. New York Times: Twitter Makes Itself More Useful: People can now search for a location, the conference hall or a hotel where there is a fire and see all the posts written from that spot.
Ray welcomed Twitter's transparency and believed Twitter executives went a long way to mollifying many of the fears developers had after acquiring Atebits and making Tweetie the Twitter for iPhone application and releasing the BlackBerry for Twitter application.