Twitter launching annotation feature, streaming API

Twitter, the popular micro-messaging service, is preparing to launch several new features for end users and third-party application developers. Twitter is moving into new territory with a richer real-time streaming API and an annotation system that will make it possible for developers to piggy-back additional data on top of tweets. These new features were announced at Chirp, an official Twitter developer conference that took place last week. Although the new features will create some intriguing opportunities for third-party developers, the news of the coming enhancements was partly overshadowed by Twitter’s somewhat controversial entry into the client application market—a play that pits Twitter against its own third-party developer ecosystem. Additional news that has emerged since the start of Chirp suggests that Twitter will also be launching its own URL shortening service, potentially elbowing out its former partner Bit.ly. These moves were preceded by a statement from a prominent investor who warned third-party developers that they wouldn’t be able to build sustainable businesses by merely “filling holes” in the service

http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/04/twitter-launching-annotation-feature-streaming-api.ars

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