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.

“There’s never been a better time to do a tech startup“ - Sean Kane, F6S co-founder

DeveloperTech spoke to the co-founder of tech start-up social network, F6S, about how they help these important new companies get on their feet and stand-out amongst competition from larger, more-established businesses.

The most enticing aspect of the network – and one which undoubtedly drives its mighty growth – is its price tag; or lack of. Free to join; F6S not only offers promotion to Startups – but Hackathons, Events, Conferences, Accelerators, Jobs, and Angel...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Firefox 23 is here, kills off <blink> tag at last

Mozilla has officially released the latest iteration of its browser, Firefox 23, which has fixed 13 security bugs as well as increased social integration.

The new features were widely expected, having been known since the release of the beta in June.

Among the elements introduced back then were mixed content blocking – aimed to stop ‘man in the middle’ security attacks where malicious JavaScript was swapped in during a request for HTTP active content – and a new social share button,...

By James Bourne, 07 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms, Security, Social media.

Yahoo acquires PlayerScale, preparing “play” into gaming?

It’s been a month of acquisitions, releases, and revamps for Yahoo; as a huge push has been made to stay modern amongst fierce competition. The latest is of gaming infrastructure startup ‘PlayerScale’ – is Yahoo heading for gaming?

PlayerScale is a platform to provision cross-platform gaming; as well as deploying to nearly every major platform whilst handling monetisation and analytics data.

Incredibly popular amongst game developers, the company reports it serves...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, Marketing, Social media, Testing.

How Google I/O is completing the ‘Circle’ for its ecosystem

Heading into Mountain View’s biggest conference of the year, Sundar Pichai, head of Android at Google, warned the public the annual keynote would focus on developers rather than consumers. Whilst true, there is plenty coming this year for both sides to enjoy.

Vic Gundotra opened the conference saying: “We hope that the things you see at this conference will continue to inspire you and we will continue to earn your trust."

Trust in services is important to gain hearts and minds of individuals; Google’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Codassium offers real-time “brogramming” with WebRTC

Codassium, an online code platform by Wreally Studios, allows for two parties to conduct a coding session using Mozilla’s “Ace” editor alongside live video chat for increased collaboration.

The platform uses the WebRTC standard currently being proposed by W3C who is hoping to use it to provide a web-based suite of tools to share data, audio, and video all in real-time across multiple devices.

Moving beyond collaborative work, this platform could potentially be used to conduct live interviews...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Best practices to make your social app a global success

In 2012, Facebook dominated the social networking space on mobile devices, accounting for 85% of usage in North America and occupying the #1 position in most markets. The penetration of other social apps in the west has slowed down considerably due to FB’s dominance, and according to eMarketer, market growth is expected to drop from 50% in 2011 to 18% in 2014. However, in 2013, Asian Newbies such as Line and Kakao seem to have redefined social networking on mobile. With 74 million users in less than 18...

Twitter introduces updated Cards to help app developers

Twitter Cards, a feature of the micro blogging site which allows tweets to be expanded, has rolled out an extension of its service to include apps, products and photo galleries.

This will be very good news for app developers as their app details, as well as links to the requisite Google Play or App Store page, will be available if a user expands a tweet containing a link to participating sites.

The App Card, which is only available for special approval at the moment and only on Android and iOS mobile clients,...

By James Bourne, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Marketing, Social media.

App.net offering more money to developers with incentive program

Remember App.net – Dalton Caldwell’s alternative ‘social network’ which is aiming to put developers at the forefront?

Well, the platform has an updated Developer Incentive Program, increasing the total developer payout to $30,000 a month, up from $20,000.

The original incentive program attempts to monetise those apps built on the API which garner the best feedback from App.net members, with the monthly amount allocated to devs based on their scores in relation to total...

By James Bourne, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Social media.

Facebook and Android: Is it a match made in heaven?

Reports abound that Facebook is urging its employees to dump their iPhones and replace them with Android devices in order to get problems with Facebook’s Droid app sorted quickly.

The concept has been dubbed ‘droidfooding’; a play on ‘dogfooding’, standard tech industry practice whereby a company uses its own products to convince consumers of its worth – think the opposite of Gerald...

By James Bourne, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, Social media, Testing.

App.net hopes it will pay to develop on its API

Those musing on the business machinations of Dalton Caldwell’s paid-for, developer-friendly social network will have their curiosity satisfied with the “App.net Developer Incentive Program”.

A process which “actually incents the creation of innovative, imaginative and useful apps”, App.net is paying out $20,000 (£12,300) a month to developers whose apps developed on the API received the best user feedback.

Each month, beginning on 1 October, App.net members will get an...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Social media.

App.net updates with 250k posts and iOS app

Dalton Caldwell’s App.net, the social network designed as a paid-for, developer-friendly Twitter, has bolted past 250,000 posts amid the launch of an iOS app.

According to an App.net post by Caldwell, approximately half of the posts are from third party clients.

The iOS app, AppNet Rhino, is a collaboration between Planet 1107 and TwinkleTap, and is available from the App Store with a three star rating thus far. Buffer, a post...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Social media.