As Twitter continues to bring developers back to its platform, the company continues to announced Its developer conference, the return of Chirp. The event was first held in 2010, but was then canceled the following year, forcing some Twitter developers to host their own event in the wake of Twitter’s abandonment. At the time, the incident was a reflection of Twitter’s attitude towards its developer community in general – as disorganized and in constant flux as the company’s business initiatives change.
In the years that followed, Twitter burned developers even more by pulling the rug from under the feet of third-party Twitter client makers. It then spun off its own partners, who had agreements to resell Twitter’s Firehose data — unfiltered, full streams of tweets and their metadata — following Twitter’s 2014 acquisition of partners’ competitor Gnip.
Twitter today acknowledged these past missteps and acknowledged it needed to rebuild its relationship with the developer community.
“I think we need to earn trust. And I think we need to be transparent. I think we need to build in the open,” said Amir Shevat, Twitter’s head of product for the developer platform told Meczyki.Net in April. Shevat was talking to us about Twitter Toolbox — a new offering that gave third-party developers the chance to find and acquire users directly from Twitter’s platform itself.
The upcoming Chirp conference will be held in-person and livestreamed online in San Francisco. Registration will start soon through Twitter’s developer website.
The company said the new event will include keynote speeches, technical sessions and opportunities to meet with the Twitter developer platform team to answer questions from developers. Community meetup groups will host regional events after the chirp.
“At Twitter, we are committed to creating ways for developers to improve the Twitter experience, drive community connections, create inspiring conversations, and empower developers to make a difference,” announced Twitter by Marketing Director Amy Udelson. I was read in “As part of this, we are announcing a number of initiatives including the return of the Chirp Developer Conference, which enables developers to connect with our team and others in the community in real life and online; to inspire and reward innovation.” to the launch of the Chirp Developer Challenge; and updates to our developer website to help the community grow with our platform.”
The news of the event’s return follows a series of ongoing changes to Twitter’s API platform, culminating in the 2020 launch of Twitter API v2, a completely revamped version of Twitter’s foundation, including several new Contains features that were missing. Older APIs – such as conversation threading, poll results in tweets, pinned tweets, spam filtering, and a more powerful stream filtering and search query language, among other things. The company has continued to develop the API over the years, adding support for new features of Twitter such as Twitter Spaces, Super Follow conversation controls, polls, and other features.
Twitter rolled out its changes new pricing tiers Which aims to make it easier for a variety of developers, small and large, to get started with the platform – including researchers and academic Large data sets are needed. Not all of them are available yet – Twitter’s elevated+ access provides over 2 million tweets per month, for example, Still on waiting list.
But now Twitter really needs to entice developers to use its API platform to build their apps and services, which is where a chirp-like phenomenon could come from.
However, the timing of this news is a bit unusual, as Twitter is still undergoing an acquisition by Telsa and SpaceX executive Elon Musk, which seeks to change the company’s focus and direction to be more aligned with user and revenue growth. intends, with little else to say, about Twitter’s new product experiments. It’s unclear how Musk’s ownership of Twitter will affect his developer strategy, if at all. But one would think that a developer conference might be something that would have been better to host once the dust had settled on the buyout and Twitter’s new course had been drawn.