Today, Twitter announced version 1.1 of its API. The announcement included some interesting changes:
- All API requests must now be authenticated. Twitter doesn’t talk to strangers anymore. You have to at least introduce yourself before it’ll talk to you.
- API hits are now counted per-endpoint. Some APIs have more hits hourly and some fewer, purportedly based on endpoint popularity.
- Display Guidelines are now required to be observed. If you display tweets off of Twitter, they must be consistent with Twitter’s visual style or else.
- Pre-installed client applications must be certified by Twitter. Applications that come installed on things like mobile devices must be Twitter tested, Twitter approved.
- Twitter app growth is limited to 100,000 users. Apps are only allowed to have 100,000 user tokens before they’re forced to ask Twitter “please, sir, I want some more?”
Twitter developers in 6 months
In short, Twitter started acting like a business. And the world was shocked and apalled.
WCG recently turned 10 years old, and it’s gone through incredible changes over that time. And even though I’ve only been with WCG since August 2010, in those 18 months I’ve seen my little part of the business, the Analytics team, turn completely upside down. It’s moved 3 times, seen both clients and colleagues come and go, seen weddings, and welcomed children into the world. And I’ve got to say, we’ve got some pretty great digs now:
Go Ahead, Pardner.
As it’s grown from a small handful of incredibly talented people to a team of almost 40, the work has changed, too. Looking back, we’ve come through two, and we’re just starting a third.
My company, Consumetrics, is currently in the process of raising money for operations. (Please forgive the terrible website. We know, and we’re working on it!) We’re considering several options for raising our first tranche — angel investors, high net-worth individuals, even a couple seed-stage venture capital funds — but our most recent attempt at raising capital was with the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.