Twitter tries harder
Written by Ian Elliot   
Thursday, 30 June 2011

Twitter is planning to launch a dedicated site for developers sometime in July. Let's hope it is more enticing than the Twitter Developers Channel on Your Tube launched in June.

After a period in which it has had strained relationships and delivered nothing but negative messages (see Twitter tells developers: stop building apps!), Twitter appears to be making a renewed effort to reach out to its third party developers.

Twitter appears to have accepted that it needs to communicate to better with these developers and has proposed a new site with developer tips and tricks, a dedicated blog focused on platform and developer related topics to meet this need it. It also have a "robust forum" where the Twitter team can engage directly with the developer community.

We also have to hope that it doesn't just turn into a forum for confrontation - after all what else does "robust" suggest to you?

Earlier this month Twitter launched a You Tube Channel for devs and uploaded seven videos from its recent Devnest conference. In the post that announced it Jason Costa wrote:

 

Going forward, we'd like to add a lot more content, and want to ask you: what would you like to see on this channel? Interviews with engineers on how and why they built something? An overview of how to consume the Streaming API? An OAuth debugging tutorial?

 

He also invited devs to submit videos of their own for possible inclusion. To date nothing more has appeared and the channel seems decidedly underwhelming.

Such good intentions are often difficult to realize. It's tough building a community but then you would think Twitter would know something about it...

 

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