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  • Battle Over: Twitter Opens Up To Gnip

    Battle Over: Twitter Opens Up To Gnip

    Since launching TechcrunchIT we have been pounding away about open standards and data availability. One of the biggest victims of this focus recently has been Twitter, who went from being a leading light in the field, to closing everything up and now finally today have gone back to being open again. Gnip has announced this morning that they now have access to the Twitter XMPP feed, and that they… Read More

  • Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip

    Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip

    Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers. While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend, Gnip founder Eric Marcoullier was hitting him up to give Gnip, and therefore everyone, Twitter’s XMPP “firehose.” Williams was obviously in a good mood, because… Read More

  • Twitter Testing A New Design

    Twitter Testing A New Design

    Some Twitter users have encountered a new design while using the microblogging service today…only to see it disappear once they refresh. Below is a screenshot that Zain Memon managed to grab before it went away. Tabs like Recent, Replies, and Everyone have been moved to the right-hand column. Overall, nothing too major. Corvida from SheGeeks points out some of the most obvious changes: Tabs… Read More

  • Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues And Their Revenue Model

    Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues And Their Revenue Model

    I had a chance to sit down with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams at Foo Camp last weekend and talk about the overall state of the company. The first part of the conversation focused on their acquisition of Summize, which we wrote about earlier today (for more on the acquisition, see the Twitter blog, Twitter investor Fred Wilson and Summize investor John Borthwick). Summize, by the way, now… Read More

  • Confirmed: Twitter Acquires Summize Search Engine

    Confirmed: Twitter Acquires Summize Search Engine

    Update: Full transcript of video interview is here. It turns out those rumors last week were accurate. Microblogging site Twitter has acquired the Summize search engine, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams confirmed to me. The size of the transaction is not being disclosed, although the transaction price was paid “mostly in stock.” Twitter has also hired 5 of the 6 Summize employees. Read More

  • iPhone has taken over Twitter (plus a special iPhone message)

    iPhone has taken over Twitter (plus a special iPhone message)

    Go ahead and type “iPhone” into Twitter search engine Summize, and you’ll see just how much Apple’s phone has captured the hearts and minds of the tech √©lite. Some Tweets are rather negative, though: • KyleFlaherty: kind of happy that I’m traveling today and escaping iPhone mania • indigoskynet: Oh, clearly I’m gonna get sick of today real fast. Every… Read More

  • Odeo Giving It Another Go

    Odeo Giving It Another Go

    Odeo, a podcast directory founded in 2005 by Evan Williams of Blogger and Twitter fame that was acquired by SonicMountain over a year ago, has relaunched with a completely new design and slew of features. The biggest addition to the site is video. Odeo now features millions of syndicated audio and video episodes aggregated from over 500,000 channels. Odeo has partnered with major content… Read More

  • The Inevitable: Standards and Openess By Proxy

    The Inevitable: Standards and Openess By Proxy

    A few days ago we posted about Twitter switching off XMPP support to the public, but keeping it open to select partners such as Summize. Since then, a number of developers have been putting together ways to achieve the same thing but without actual official support from Twitter. One of those developers is Dustin Sallings (Twitter), who has written an XMPP proxy that uses both the Summize and… Read More

  • Apparently You People Don't Really Care About Twitter Downtime

    Apparently You People Don't Really Care About Twitter Downtime

    Michael once wrote that Twitter may not have to worry about uptime any more, explaining, “I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me.” And, a few months and countless hours of downtime later, it looks like most of you feel the same way. The early adopters may have migrated to Friendfeed, but the masses appear to be content to stay and take their punishment at Twitter. Hitwise has… Read More

  • Deconstructing Twitter

    Deconstructing Twitter

    Today we get the latest full ongoing iterative back-filling explanation of Twitter and XMPP. Dave Winer’s intuition that FriendFeed is one of several (4) receipients of the XMPP data stream turns out to be correct. In a post this afternoon, Biz Stone confirms Summize and adds Twittervision and Zappos as the others. FriendFeed makes only small demands on its current subscriber base, but its… Read More

 
  • Twitter May Buy Summize

    Twitter May Buy Summize

    Twitter may buy Virginia-based Summize, a Twitter search engine, says Jason Calacanis. A source close to Twitter says that the two companies have been in discussions around a merger over the last couple of weeks, but won’t comment on whether an actual sale has occurred, or the terms. The deal certainly makes sense. Unlike rival Friendfeed, Twitter still lacks a search feature. And Twitter… Read More

  • Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months

    Friendfeed v. Twitter: Half The Followers In Five Months

    Twitter is still far larger than its much younger competitor Friendfeed in aggregate terms. But an interesting trend is developing – many longtime Twitter users are noticing that the number of followers they have on Friendfeed is growing far more rapidly than on Twitter. And the conversations at Friendfeed are better, too. I joined Twitter when it launched in mid 2006 (about 24 months ago)… Read More

  • The Problem With Identi.ca Is That It Is Not Twitter

    The Problem With Identi.ca Is That It Is Not Twitter

    The launch of Twitter clone Identi.ca earlier this week caused a bit of a blogstorm because it appears to have a solution to Twitter’s all-too-regular downtime. (That problem has reached comical proportions, with the familiar Twitter Fail Whale now appearing on T-shirts and kitschy art). Identi.ca’s answer to Twitter’s scaling issues is by open-sourcing its code and encouraging… Read More

  • No XMPP: What Is Twitter Protecting?

    No XMPP: What Is Twitter Protecting?

    It turns out the battle for control of Twitter rests almost exclusively in the unique value proposition of XMPP-served track. As Twitter strips away various features of its service to rebuild a scalable fail-whale -proof version, the one remaining hurdle is restoration of a fully-functional Track over IM. For the last two weeks, a one-way IM service via Gchat inside Gmail or Gtalk standalone has… Read More

  • The Crown Jewels

    The Crown Jewels

    It turns out the battle for control of Twitter rests almost exclusively in the unique value proposition of XMPP-served track. As Twitter strips away various features of its service to rebuild a scalable fail-whale -proof version, the one remaining hurdle is restoration of a fully-functional Track over IM. For the last two weeks, a one-way IM service via Gchat inside Gmail or Gtalk standalone has… Read More

  • 13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    13 FriendFeed Tools for Twitter Refugees

    There has been much talk of Twitter users moving over to FriendFeed since Twitter replies were down for the majority of last week. Twitter announced that they were back on Saturday in their blog, but seeing as the outage may have inspired some users to flock to FriendFeed, I decided to take a look at the 3rd-party applications and scripts that enhance the FriendFeed functionality. For those of you… Read More

  • Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed

    Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed

    A key feature of Twitter has been down most of this week: Replies. The core Twitter service itself is alive, but the team took the Reply feature down on Tuesday when the service started to slow. As of now, Friday afternoon, Replies are still down. Disabling certain features is Twitter’s recent attempt to keep their frail architecture from failing completely. They tried it out during… Read More

  • Twitternoia

    Dave Winer is using Twitter of all things to point to the FriendFeed discussion about bolting from the limping real time service. Rafe Needleman is the locus for today’s grumbling, though Twitter’s @Replies outage fuels the faithful’s concerns on Twhirl and other alternative clients. Summize continues to function as a workaround for @replies by capturing twittername citations via… Read More

  • Twitter Announces Their Funding, Calls Itself A Communication Utility

    Twitter Announces Their Funding, Calls Itself A Communication Utility

    Twitter has officially announced their third round of funding that we wrote about last month – new investors Spark Capital and Bezos Expeditions come on board. Spark partner Bijan Sabet has joined the Twitter board of directors. In the post, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone also talks about their aspirations to become a communications utility, and not to worry about the business model too much… Read More

  • John Adams' New Job: Fix Twitter

    http://qik.com/player.swf?streamname=0155e657a1494c409c26bb0790d7f641&vid=112155&playback=false&polling=false&user=stevegillmor&userlock=true&islive=&username=anonymous John Adams, Twitter’s new Ops Engineer (and apparently a descendant of the guy from the HBO series), said in a Twitter message today (where else) that he’ll soon be working to… Read More