According to Twitter, 50,000 apps have now been built around its white-hot micro-blogging service. By comparison, Apple recently reported that about 100,000 apps have been created for the iPhone. How
important is the app community to Twitter? Ryan Sarver, Twitter's Director of Platform, says that nearly 50% of its traffic comes from apps.
Therefore, Twitter says it will soon launch a
new developer site, and extend the capabilities of the APIs already available. In early 2010, every developer will get access to the full "firehose" feed, all the data that Twitter manages at any
given time. Presently, only partners which have made a clear deal with Twitter, i.e., Google and Microsoft, got full, unrestricted access to the data.
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