Twitter’s Streaming API, which allows developers realtime access to Tweets, was recently launched into full production mode, after being in alpha testing since April of last year. Eric Marcoullier, CEO and co-founder of API aggregation platform Gnip, has written an interesting blog post guiding companies on the logistics of moving to Twitter’s streaming API that is definitely worth a look. Marcoullier outlines who should be using the Streaming API and the best way to fold the API into their applications.
Gnip serves as an API hub, collecting data from services like Twitter, Facebook and Digg, and pushing it out to other data-consuming services and Websites. Data consuming sites using Gnip’s platform can get public data streams for over 30 social media networks and sites, including Twitter, Digg, Delicious, YouTube, WordPress, Flickr, Six Apart and others without ever visiting those sites or accessing their individual APIs.
Last year, Gnip released its own Push API which lets any site patch together its own version of a Friendfeed or Twitter-like data stream. The new service lets companies filter and white-label the stream so the technology is fully integrated into the business’ infrastructure. Companies list out the most common data requests that are made on their APIs and websites and Gnip will collect the relevant data and deliver it in real-time to any approved third-party.