Twitter‘s Director of Platform Ryan Sarver just took the stage at Le Web a couple of minutes ago, and shared some announcements with the audience about the future of the platform and the effect this will have on the ecosystem.
He also shared a milestone for the company: Sarver said 50,000 registered applications to date have been built using Twitter APIs.
The roadmap ahead:
Transparency: “we need to be more public about our policy and intentions”
Communication: “we need to be out there and let our developers know what’s going on”
Utility: “we need to keep providing our robust APIs and enable third-party developers to thrive”
Profitability: “when our partners succeed, we succeed” (more details coming early 2010)
1) Firehose! No details yet (coming early 2010), but everyone will be getting full access to the data stream. This is pretty significant news.
2) New home for developers: new website launching within the next few weeks, including status dashboard, tutorials, and much more.
3) Anyone making OAuth requests to Twitter is soon getting an increased rate limit (10x) – about to launch API for browser-less apps, and starting Basic Auth decprecation in June 2010.
4) Twitter is hosting an official developer conference called Chirp in San Francisco next year.