Facebook will open Ad API to increase political transparency

Following increasing pressure, Facebook will be opening up its Ad API to increase transparency around how it serves political adverts.

A letter penned by Mozilla and its partners – which includes “technologists, human rights defenders, academics, journalists, and Facebook users” – demanded this very change. By opening the API, the coalition hopes tools can be made to analyse and counter ads used to influence politics.

Rob Leathern, Product Director at Facebook, responded to the letter...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Platforms, Social media.

Twitter kills API access of apps used to buy followers

Twitter is finally tackling its problem of people buying followers by cutting off API access of apps claiming to offer such a service.

Three of the most notorious apps – Crowdfire, ManageFlitter, and Statusbrew – have been affected by Twitter’s clampdown.

Such apps follow thousands of users with similar interests in the hope some will follow back. The services often monitor those who do not follow and offer their user to unfollow them.

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson explained:

By Ryan Daws, 01 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms, Social media.

Twitter makes third-party apps worse by killing ‘legacy’ APIs

Despite promises to improve its relationship with developers, Twitter continues targeting third-party apps by killing ‘legacy’ APIs.

Most of the core functionality is still available but more limited and not as attractive as Twitter’s official app which it’s clearly pushing users towards.

For example, popular Twitter client Tweetbot had to put out this changelog:

- Timeline streaming on WiFi is now disabled. Your timelines will now refresh automatically every 1-2...

By Ryan Daws, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms, Social media.

Twitter removes 143k apps while tightening access to its APIs

Twitter is taking a stricter approach to how developers use its APIs in addition to the removal of 143,000 apps failing to be compliant with its policies.

Starting with a new application process, developers will need to first apply for a developer account using the portal at developer.twitter.com.

Prospective applicants will need to provide detailed information about how they intend to use Twitter’s APIs before they’re provided access.

If a developer who has previously been...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms, Social media.

Snapchat plans to launch a developer kit for its AR camera

Social messaging giant Snapchat has become somewhat renowned for its AR features, and it appears some of those will soon be in the hands of developers.

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat is preparing the launch of its first complete developer platform under the tentative name of Snapkit.

Prototypes of the platform reportedly allow other apps to offer a ‘Login with Snapchat’ option; similar to other major social networks such as Facebook and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Social media, VR.

Twitter builds ‘complete reference centre’ for developers

Twitter has combined gnip.com and dev.twitter.com to produce the new developer.twitter.com site, which is said to be “a complete reference centre” for its platform and a “hub for all developer resources.”

According to Twitter staff developer advocate Andy Piper, apart from relocating the content from gnip.com and dev.twitter.com in one place—including the social network’s publisher platform, Twitter Kit tools, ads APIs (application-programming interfaces), Gnip APIs and...

By Developer, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Social media.

Twitter enables developers to embed ads into tweet streams

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A beta program is being rolled-out by Twitter which enables developers to embed advertisements into tweet streams in third-party apps on Android and iOS which utilise Twitter Kit. 

One example of a popular app which uses Twitter Kit to implement a social feed is the official NBA application. From today, developers which use Twitter Kit will be able to monetise...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation, Social media.

Twitter wants to court back developers with Fabric

If you're a developer of applications which use Twitter's API, you'll be aware of the ecosystem crackdown which Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon said at the time was like “a drunk guy with an Uzi.”

Twitter is like a drunk guy with an uzi killing partners left and right. Expect investment in ecosystem to drop significantly.

— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) May 24, 2010

Dixon wasn't wrong, either. The "token limit" imposed...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

8 tips that you must follow when using Social Media for your app business

We have been looking recently at using social media as your main marketing tool, after all, where else will you find a marketing tool that is as strong as social media and comes for free? The power of social media however, is not always a good thing, one mistake and your business can be seriously damaged, sometimes I would go as far as saying destroyed.

Today we are going to look at the do’s and the don’ts of social media with the aim to educate you enough to ensure that you do not fall into the...

By Leah Goodman, 18 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Marketing, Social media.

WhatsApp beats Facebook Messenger in OTT messaging

A study by On Device shows that king of social networks in terms of usage, Facebook, isn’t so royally respected when it comes to OTT messaging – beaten by the disruptive WhatsApp.

WhatsApp was one of the original apps to search your current mobile contacts in order to allow the user to bypass the traditional SMS sold by carriers, and instead send over an IP to a contact for free (dependant on data package.)

Naturally, this caused many to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, iOS, Platforms, Social media.