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The Twitter times they are a-changin’

February 3, 2014
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The Twitter times they are a-changin’

Back in 2010, when Twitter was changing their API from Basic Auth to oAuth (the first Twitter-pocalypse) we had various conversations with the Twitter dev team regarding challenges that micro-controller environments have with implementing such protocols. John Kalucki (@jkalucki now ex-Twitter) made the following suggestion: Why not have the controller proxy through a full-featured webserver…

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App.net branches into Cloud storage and social networking framework API

February 13, 2013
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App.net wants to be “Twitter that you pay for” and, so far, that has been a bit of an uphill battle. Now they have introduced a File API and have started talking about the idea of an “unbundled” future where your data is separate from the social networking service. Dalton Caldwell writes: The promise of “unbundling”…

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Effects of Twitter’s API and policy changes will be gradual but profound

October 27, 2012
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If Twitter continues on its stated path, it will be a completely different animal in 18 months, and prospectively. These plans include cutting off the current API 1.0 March 2013, new “Display Requirements,” sunsetting @Anywhere, and other API usage and policy changes. Of all these, the draconian “Display Requirements” if fully enforced by Twitter along with some…

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This is why investors see too much risk in Twitter-dependent companies

July 26, 2012
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It started way back in 2010 when, just before their first Chirp developer conference, Twitter shocked their developer community and ecosystem by buying a Twitter client and making some other moves that essentially put a stop on capital investment in any third-party companies that relied on the Twitter API or partnering with Twitter. Twitter tried…

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How to Improve PageRank Using 140Plus.com

January 19, 2012
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There are many great reasons for businesses to use 140Plus.com but one clearly stands out: increasing your keyword rankings and growing your organic search traffic.  140Plus.com makes it easy to increase the number of terms that your website can rank for without cluttering your site with extra pages that might make your site bloated and…

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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

September 18, 2011
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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

Facebook is rolling out two new features that appear to be a direct reaction to Google+ (and to a lesser degree Twitter). Of course we have no way of knowing how long Facebook has been planning these features, but the timing and similarity to Google+ features certainly makes it appear to be a copycat response…

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Google+ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

July 15, 2011
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Google+ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve been told that nothing we know about Google+ can be criticized because it is pre-beta. Okay then. Well, here’s some quick takes after trying it out a bit. 1. The Good This section is the hardest to fill in for me. We already have Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and others). It makes it hard…

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Twitterverse reality check and lessons learned

February 2, 2011
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You’ll probably never know it by looking at the final result, but I’ve been working on this post, at least thinking about it, for several months.  I’ve been reluctant to publish it because every time I start, it tends to sound like a rant and that’s not what I want this to be about. As anybody reading…

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Introducing 140plus.com

November 22, 2010
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Introducing 140plus.com

I’m in the process of shutting down one service (Twitmart.org) and at the same time firing up a new one at 140plus.com. I essentially put 140plus.com together for my own needs but made it general enough for anybody to use. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with the 140plus.com domain for a while…

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Taglets.org to be shutdown October 22, 2010.

October 12, 2010
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I’m sad to see it go, but the time as come. We’ve enjoyed the experiment with Taglets.org this past year and a half, but it’s time to move on and shutdown the service. We haven’t driven the sort of usage we originally had hoped. Thanks for joining with us while we attempted to see if…

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